1852Bush casts first veto to block stem cell bill
- Jul 19, 2006http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060719/pl_nm/congress_stemcells_dc_11
Bush casts first veto to block stem cell bill
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President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he used his first veto to
block legislation expanding embryonic stem cell research, putting him
at odds with top scientists, most Americans and some in his own
"It crosses a moral boundary," Bush said.
Bush acted after the U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved the legislation,
which has also been passed by the House of Representatives. But
neither chamber expects to have the two-thirds majority needed to
override the veto.
In 2001, Bush allowed scientists to use 78 stem-cell lines then in
existence, most of which proved unsuitable for research. But he
opposes expanded federally-funded research because it entails
destruction of human embryos.