Why is Bush against embryonic STEM CELL RESEARCH??

Why did Bush ban govt funding of embryonic stem cell research but did NOT ban private funding of embryonic stem cell research???

Isn't killing, killing no matter what? Does Bush discriminate against abortion when it comes to private/public funding/practice? Isn't killing... killing, no matter what?

If private companies have a heads up in stem cell research, and public companies don't... then that means private pharmaceutical companies can monopolize and seize patents in many life saving drugs that can be brought about by this kind of stem cell research.

QUESTION: These private pharmaceutical companies...how much did they donate to Bush's campaign?


Hands of Just...why does Bush allow private companies to do embryonic stem cell research???

Update 2:

ns243..did you read EVERYTHING i wrote???

Update 3:

East of Eden. I'm referring to EMBRYONIC stem cell research and why Bush is against it.

Also can you please explain how the opposition towards embryonic stem cell research is different from that of abortion.


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  • 1 decade ago
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    "Summer civics and stem cells

    By George Weigel

    On May 24, the U.S. House of Representatives accelerated America’s descent into Huxley’s brave new world by voting to provide Federal funding for embryo-destructive stem cell research. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had made clear that this issue involved fundamental issues of justice; yet seventy-three Catholics — 57% of the Catholics in the House — voted to spend taxpayer dollars to destroy human life for research purposes.

    Here they are, by name and district:

    Joe Baca (CA-43); Xavier Becerra (CA-31); Sanford Bishop (GA-2); Sherwood Boehlert (PA-24); Robert Brady (PA-1); Ginny Brown-Waite (FL-5); Michael Capuano (MA-8); Dennis Cardoza (CA-18); Michael Castle (DE-At Large); William Clay (MO-1); Jim Costa (CA-20); Joseph Crowley (NY-7); Henry Cuellar (TX-28); Peter DeFazio (OR-4); William Delahunt (MA-10); Rosa DeLauro (CT-3); John Dingell (MI-15); Michael Doyle (PA-14); Anna Eshoo (CA-14); Lane Evans (IL-17); Mark Foley (FL-16); Vito Fossella (NY-13); Charles Gonzalez (TX-20; Raul Grijalva (AZ-7); Luis Gutierrez (IL-4); Brian Higgins (NY-27); Maurice Hinchey (NY-22); Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15);

    Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Patrick Kennedy (RI-1); Dennis Kucinich (OH-10); James Langevin (RI-2); Rick Larsen (WA-2); Stephen Lynch (MA-9); Connie Mack (FL-14); Edward Markey (MA-7); Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4); Betty McCollum (MN-4); James McGovern (MA-3); Cynthia McKinney (GA-4); Michael McNulty (NY-21); Martin Meehan (MA-5); Charlie Melancon (LA-3); Robert Menendez (NJ-13); Michael Michaud (ME-2); George Miller (CA-7); James Moran (VA-8); John Murtha (PA-12); Grace Napolitano (CA-38); Richard Neal (MA-2); David Obey (WI-7); Frank Pallone (NJ-6); Bill Pascrell (NJ-8); Ed Pastor (AZ-4); Nancy Pelosi (CA-8);

    Jon Porter (NV-3); Charles Rangel (NY-15); Silvester Reyes (TX-16); Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34); Tim Ryan (Oh-17); John Salazar (CO-3); Linda Sanchez (CA-39); Loretta Sanchez (CA-47); Joe Schwarz (MI-7); Jose Serrano (NY-16); Clay Shaw (FL-22); Hilda Solis (CA-32); John Sweeney (NY-20); Ellen Tauscher (CA-10); Mike Thompson (CA-1); Nydia Velazquez (NY-12); Peter Visclosky (IN-1); Diane Watson (CA-33).

    If your representative is on this list, take some time this summer to write him or her a letter; better yet, arrange a meeting in person. In either case, demand answers to these questions:

    1) Why did you support legislation that, for the first time in American history, requires the Federal government to promote and support the destruction of innocent human life? (If the solon in question says that it’s impossible to recognize the humanity in these tiny embryos, remind him or her that that’s exactly what he or she looked like at that stage of life.)

    2) Why did you vote for a bill that tramples on the moral convictions of the majority of the American people who do not favor embryo-destructive stem cell research?

    3) Why did you vote for a bill that deflects scientists’ attention from forms of stem cell research that have already shown great promise, or may show such promise in the future? Were you aware that, to date, not a single therapeutic application has been derived from embryonic stem cell research, while miracles of biblical proportion — the blind recovering their sight, the lame walking — are being performed with therapies using adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cords?

    4) Why did you vote for H.R. 810 when the President’s Council on Bioethics reports that there may be ways to create the kind of “pluripotent” stem cells sought by scientists without destroying embryos in the process?

    5) Why did you vote for embryo-destructive stem cell research while knowing that this practice will strengthen pressures for cloning, against which the United States has no federal legal barrier today? (And if you didn’t know this, why didn’t you?)

    Lay responsibility is clear here; so is episcopal responsibility. Raising these questions this summer is one way for the bishops to fulfill their commitment to take the pro-life argument to misguided Catholic legislators. We’ve all got our work cut out for us.

    George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Weigel’s column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ummm, Bush was actually the first president to allow funding for stem cell research, at all. The catch is that federal money can only be used on stem cell lines which were already established. So, to say he doesn't fund it, is wrong. He also is trying to appeal to a wide base of people by limiting what the funding is used for....that's politics. Abortion is a totally different subject, you can't compare apples and oranges.

    And as far as private companies researching things---they should be allowed to do what they want and the government should not interfere, it's called a free market, and a free society. The government should stick to keeping the borders safe and protecing us from terrorists, not bothering with what private companies are doing. Do you realize the potetial that stem cell reserach can provide?

    Any company that spends millions of dollars on the research and development should be allowed to recoup its investment. That is how a free market works. The fact that there is competition in the marketplace makes it so companies will do research and develop life saving drugs. If the government were to direct and control everything, nothing would get done.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because he's a butthead. I'm for the embryonic stem cell research, I mean it's considered one of the most advanced technological researches known to planet. It's absolutely ridiculous for Bush to go against the research. Very disappointing.

  • 1 decade ago

    Embryo's (i think) is the beginning of a baby. From that stage it takes 9 month to form a LIFE. Pres. Bush does not want to participate cause it involves taking a human life that has the potential to become a person. It is killing! Imagine if you where a spirit up in heaven and you body just got destroyed because your future mom gave you to stem cell research

    Does that answer you question?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Political pressure.

    Understand, a president is not the last word on any issue.

    he is the boss, but he is not the last word in any decision, think about it.

    I think a lot of people have the wrong idea, blaming one guy for all of the worlds problems.

    I can say that and I did not even vote for the guy.

    All Americans should line up to support a president until they vote him out.

  • 1 decade ago

    Bush is trying to appease the Evangelicals. What really matters are their block VOTES !

    He does not like to see one little tiny embrionic cell go to waste but he doesn't mind if thousands of Iraqis are blown to pieces by F-16 bombs.

    It makes a lot of religious sense!

  • 1 decade ago

    That's a good question.

    Maybe he has done all he can do in his capacity. The POTUS is not all powerful and has to keep within the boundaries of the law of the land (the constitution)

  • 1 decade ago

    I think he didn't want the governments money going into it because of his personal views. Private agencies have to find their own money.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    President Bush.......wants the votes for his supporters in both the House and Senate..................it"s all about votes,and there are allot of christian votes..........as far as he feels personally...he could be all for it....It"s survival of the species....sooner or later we will be extinct,but we can stretch it with the research

  • 1 decade ago

    Why? Because he's Religious. Why does that matter?.......

    "Philosophy is the art of asking questions never meant to be answered.

    Religion is the art of giving answers that are never meant to be questioned."

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bush cannot by concious allow the government to sanction the destruction of human life to benefit the rest. To do so would be fascist and within the worst traditions of humanity.

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