July 20, 2006
The Embryonic Stem Cell VetoTopics: Stem Cells
Advocates of the culture of death have concentrated on the extreme ends of the life spectrum, oppressing the weak and the helpless whose lives depend on others and asserting that the humans at the earliest stages of life are without value. President Bush's recent veto of a bill that would release federal funding for stem cell research has been applauded by pro-life advocates. Representing disability advocates, Joni Eareckson Tada adds her support:
Joni Eareckson Tada was among those gathered at the White House in support of President George W. Bush as he vetoed a bill which would have expanded federal funding of research using human embryos from IVF clinics to harvest stem cells. Joining fellow disability advocates, ethicists, researchers, theologians and legislators Mrs. Tada, a spinal cord injured quadriplegic for nearly four decades observed, "I stand with countless Americans with disabilities who believe that our cause is not advanced when human life is sacrificed in hopes of finding a cure. People like me -- who are medically fragile -- are left vulnerable and exposed in a society that views human life as a commodity which can be experimented upon or exploited. Any research that destroys human embryos is an affront to God's creative authority."
Long an advocate of adult stem cell research, Joni stated after the White House ceremony, "I am grateful for the principled stand our President has taken, first and foremost because of the sanctity of human life, but also because restrictions on use of tax-payer dollars may well encourage funding in the overlooked and less commercially-viable field of adult stem cell therapy."
Posted by tim at July 20, 2006 9:39 PM
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