Meet the modern stone agers:
President Bush vetoed a bill for the first time today, using his constitutional power to reject legislation passed by Congress that would expand federal research on embryonic stem cells, a step he said would be “crossing a moral line.”
“This bill would support the taking of innocent human life,” Mr. Bush said at the White House, surrounded by scores of children born as a result of an embryo-adoption program and their parents.
“These boys and girls are not spare parts,” Mr. Bush said, to loud applause.
Undifferentiated globs of cells are now to be treated as your equal. That doesn’t make much sense until you realize who voted against the legislation, leaving it short of a veto-proof majority:
One can understand why Rick Santorum would side with the unthinking and unfeeling cells with little future. The bolded individuals are up for election in 2006. Support their opponents, even if that means NANCY PELOSI AND ROBERT BYRD WILL BE RUNNING THINGS. BOO! And while we are at it, kudos to Orrin Hatch, Bill Frist, and a few others who parted with the lunatic fringe on this issue and supported the stem cell legislation.
I support giving the ‘culture of life’ crowd some room, and I respect their right to differ on issues with me. That doesn’t mean I am going to give them any quarter when they are flat-out making things up, as they are when they claim these cells are human life. They are not, and even with this legislation vetoed, they never will be. Not one life was saved with this bill, and while Chuck Schumer is clearly overstating things and exaggerating the state of stem cell research, this is a step backwards.