Congress Will Take Up Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bill Next Week
- Congress Will Take Up Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bill Next Week
by Steven Ertelt
January 3, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The House of Representatives is
scheduled to take up a measure next week to force taxpayers to
fund embryonic stem cell research. On Thursday, January 11, the
House will debate overturning President Bush's limits on spending
public funds on the research, which has never cured any patients.
This is the second time Congress has attempted to require
taxpayer funding for the unproven research.
Last May the House voted for the bill by a vote of 238 to 194 but
President Bush vetoed the measure in July.
It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to
respect, the president said at the time.
He pointed to the use of adult stem cells, which the Bush
administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars
promoting, as a more ethical and effective alternative because no
life is destroyed in the process of collecting the cells and they
have already developed cures.
The House failed to achieve a two-thirds override vote shortly
after the veto as it voted for the measure 235-193 -- some
fifty-one votes short of the two-thirds needed.
Since the votes, advocates of embryonic stem cell research, which
has yet to help any human patients and experienced numerous
problems in animals, gained numerous seats in the House. However,
it appears they may not have enough necessary to override a
second presidential veto.
The Senate also was short in having enough votes to override but
that may have changed because of the November election results.
Richard Doerflinger, deputy director of the U.S. bishops
Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, says he doesn't think there
are enough votes in the House to override a second veto.
He told the National Catholic Register that pro-life advocates
need to begin campaigning now to urge Congress to oppose the
Besides our own letters and fact sheets to Congress, the most
important thing is hearing from their constituents back home,
Pro-life groups are continuing their efforts to oppose embryonic
stem cell research because days-old unborn children must be
killed in the process of obtaining their stem cells for studies.
We will be encouraging Catholics to write to their elected
representatives, saying that they don't want their tax dollars
used for this destructive purpose," Doerflinger said.
ACTION: Call your member of Congress at 202-224-3121 and urge
strong opposition to the embryonic stem cell research funding
bill. You can find specific contact information for your elected
officials at http://www.house.gov
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