Embyronic Stem Cell Vote Today

And, as usual, most news sites are headlining it simply as a "stem cell vote," disingenuous at best. I'll give a "well done" to Andrew Taylor at the AP for a well written, factual, somewhat unbiased story

WASHINGTON Jan 11, 2007 (AP)— Their ranks bolstered by the November elections, supporters of legislation boosting taxpayer-funded research on embryonic stem cells were poised to easily pass the bill again even though President Bush vetoed it last year.

The House was to pass the bill Thursday. But the vote was virtually certain to fall short of the two-thirds margin needed to override another Bush veto, vote counters on both sides of the issue said.

At stake was whether research on cells taken from human embryos considered by scientists to be the most promising approach to developing potential treatments or cures for dozens of diseases should be underwritten with taxpayer funds.

Mr. Taylor hits it exactly right: the vote is on whether to use federal taxpayer money to fund ESC research. It is not against any laws to use private funds to do ESC research, but liberals want to use your money to fund the destruction of life. And, for what? So far, ESC's have been dismal failures.

Sure, the potential is there, as ESC's can, supposedly, be turned into any other type of cell, which cannot be done with Adult Stem Cells. However, the usual result of research for ESC's is massive, prevalent tumors in test subjects.

The federal government was not created by the Constitution to fund research, as well as the arts, religion, etc.

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Update: H.R. 3 passed, as expected:

In a vote of 253 to 174, the House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill to lift President Bush's restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research that may hold future medical treatments but destroys early stage human embryos.

The bill is identical to one passed by both chambers last year and subsequently vetoed by Bush. The White House has indicated that lawmakers can expect a similar response from the president this time, and Thursday's vote fell short of the two-thirds margin needed to overturn a presidential veto.

There would need to be 290 yea votes with the full House voting, and would have to be over-ridden in the Senate too, which sure won't happen. And, of course, some Libs have gone a little wonkers

"It's a sin not to do this research," declared Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), while Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said that when President Bush blocked identical legislation passed by both chambers last year, he had "vetoed the hope and crushed the hope of millions."

But, it isn't, apparently, a sin to kill human embryo's, in Liberal World. And no one is stopping the research, just not allowing the use of federal funds. But, again, in Liberal World, only the federal government can possibly, conceivably, get anything done.

Over to an AP story:

"I support stem cell research with only one exception — research that requires killing human life," said Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. "Taxpayer-funded stem cell research must be carried out in an ethical manner in a way that respects the sanctity of human life. Fortunately, ethical stem cell alternatives continue to flourish in the scientific community."

I am very interested to see the breakdown of the vote by name. Apparently, 37 Republicans voted for it, and 16 Dems voted against, so I saw on a CSPAN replay, one of whom is Heath Schuler, Democrat, North Carolina. Good for you, Heath.

Interestingly, those 30 seats the Dems gained only translated to said 16 votes.

Those Republicans who voted "yea" could be looking at some issues come 2008. I'll have some names as soon as the vote breakdown is updated.

Looks like Jay at Stop The ACLU and I are pretty much on the same page today with our posts 😉

Friday update: You can see which Republicans voted for federal funding of ESC's here. They are the ones not in italics.

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4 Responses to “Embyronic Stem Cell Vote Today”

  1. Webloggin says:

    Publishers Blocked Amniotic Stem Cell News For 7 Years…

    ou would think that this research would be hailed by Democrats and other proponents of stem cell research, but you would be wrong. For all the advances that have been made in non-embryonic forms of stem cell research the Democrats in Congress still glo…

  2. Ogre says:

    I predict 100% of Democrats will support this move. It’s in support of their holy grail, abortion, AND it spends money. There’s no way any Democrat will vote against it. If any do, they’ll be kicked out of the party.

  3. Surprisingly, 16 voted against. I wonder how many of them are the newbies? Have to wait for the full vote tally to come out tommorrow.

  4. Scrapiron says:

    The dhimmi’s will never be satisfied with any stem cell research that doesn’t require the murder of a baby. How did a large segment of the American population ever evolve to this insanity? Being anti-christian and anti-american is one thing, but sanctioning murder is another. The dhimmi’s are out to prove they are all three rolled into one.

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