July 19, 2006

Bush vetoes stem-cell bill

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 19, 2006 1:37 PM

What an asshole. He finally locates his veto stamp halfway through his second term—I'm guessing he was carrying it around in his ass like the watch in Pulp Fiction—and he uses it to crush the hopes of people suffering from illness, all in the name of a completely incoherent claim about morality. (Not to mention the damage to scientific research in the U.S., but in that area it's just the latest in a long line of offenses.) The description of the event makes me physically ill. From the CNN article:

Attending the White House event were a group of families with children who were born from "adopted" frozen embryos that had been left unused at fertility clinics.

"These boys and girls are not spare parts," he said of the children in the audience. "They remind us of what is lost when embryos are destroyed in the name of research. They remind us that we all begin our lives as a small collection of cells."


All this does is emphasize the total incoherence of Bush's position. Unused embryos are destroyed all the time at fertility clinics. If Bush really believed what he claims to believe here, he'd close all these clinics down. It's certainly good that he's not doing that, but it means that this veto isn't a principled moral stand but a crass sell-out. Fuck you, Bush.

Democrats should make sure no one forgets about this veto. Stem-cell research is very popular and any Republican who opposed this bill should never hear the end of it. I can't say I'll be surprised if the Dems don't take advantage of this opportunity, but I can always hope.

Tags: Bush Administration, George W. Bush, Politics, Science
Comments

this is why god and polatics dont mix. Especailly Republican Jesus.

Posted by: shellock | July 19, 2006 2:09 PM

I'm tempted to blog about the stem cell stuff and rant there or maybe just rant here, but I really want to play some New Super Mario Brothers before I go to bed.

Posted by: Mason | July 20, 2006 12:49 AM

A very thoughtful commentary on stem-cell research by South Park.

"I'll get you next time, Hackman!!!"

Posted by: Josh | July 20, 2006 2:03 AM

I also wanted to post the link to the episode "Kenny Dies", which is their pro-stem cell episode (and also one of their funniest, in my opinion), but the video wasn't on any of my go-to sites.

Posted by: Josh | July 20, 2006 2:06 AM
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