Cleaver Condemns Veto Of Life-Saving Stem Cell Bill
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) released the following statement today after the President vetoed the bipartisan "Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act." This is the second time the President has vetoed bipartisan legislation that would expand federal funding for potentially life-saving stem cell research:
"Today, President Bush vetoed the bipartisan Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act for the second time. Again, it was sent to the White House for the President's signature, and again, the President failed to sign this vital measure into law. It is incredibly disappointing to see such resolute opposition on stem cell research on supposedly moral grounds, but I wonder how moral it is to leave individuals to suffer under the multitude of diseases for which stem cell research may hold the key to cure.
"It is important for me to say because there are words used in this debate - morality, moral and ethical - and in the last state-wide election in Missouri, the word religion was used with this discussion because stem cell research was on the ballot.
"I want to say very clearly, there is no conflict between religion and science. There was a man by the name of Paul who visited Turkey, and while in a city called Ephesus, he learned from people, went back and wrote a letter to them. And he said, "Now Glory be to God who, by his mighty power at work within us, is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires thoughts or hopes.''
"Science is but another word for hope. And hope stands on tip toes looking for healing, looking for cures, and searching for the ideal.
"This legislation has bipartisan support in Congress and across our country. Across our nation, 72% of Americans support embryonic stem cell research and over 51% of Missourian approved stem cell research.
"Along with the veto, the President signed an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to promote research into cells that could also hold the potential of regenerating into different types of cells that might be used to battle disease, but are not human embryonic stem cells. Although a gesture in the right direction, this executive order would not encourage the most promising, versatile and life-saving research: human embryonic stem cell research from stem cell lines derived from embryos at in vitro fertilization clinics that would otherwise be discarded.
"Today, I will not be a hopeless pessimist. I believe our nation wants research on life-saving cures from stem cells. I realize that whenever we are able to use the scientific advancements, that we are not becoming the enemies of faith, but rather it is another way to praise God and his constantly evolving creation.
"Should the science of stem cell research succeed in fulfilling the vaunted optimism by its advocates, much of the credit of the success should go to the community of faith."
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