Loading
Catholic groups thankful for Bush's stem-cell veto
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Catholic groups were pleased with President George Bush’s veto yesterday of a bill that would have provided federal funds for research in which human embryos are destroyed. The veto was the president’s first in his five-and-a-half year administration.

In a written statement, Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, thanked God for a president who acknowledges that embryos are new human life and that it is wrong to kill them.

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, said a majority of senators “voted to expand the war on human dignity by voting to federally fund scientific research that requires destroying human embryos."

He commended Bush “for having the courage to stand up for the American concepts of human rights and human dignity. A nation that looks to use human beings as commodities is destined to decay and collapse."

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, also thanked Bush for vetoing the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

"This stem cell bill is eminently worthy of President Bush's first veto," Anderson said. "It is profoundly immoral to create human life in order to destroy it, whatever the theoretical benefit might be.” To date, more successful therapies have been derived research on adult stem cells, he pointed out.

Anderson also called on members of Congress to focus on stem-cell research, “that does not violate basic human dignity."

"In this new era, our challenge is to harness the power of science to ease human suffering without sanctioning the practices that violate the dignity of human life," Bush said in the East Room of the White House after vetoing the measure.

The President announced his veto surrounded by 18 families who "adopted" frozen embryos not used by other couples to have children, otherwise known as "snowflake babies."

"Each of these children was still adopted while still an embryo and has been blessed with a chance to grow, to grow up in a loving family. These boys and girls are not spare parts," Bush said after several interruptions of applause from supporters. "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. And they remind us that in our zeal for new treatments and cures, America must never abandon our fundamental morals."

In August 2001, Bush permitted existing federal research to continue, but has fervently advocated against increased government funding.

The vetoed bill will go back to Capitol Hill for debate and vote in the House and Senate. Political analysts believe that the president’s veto will not receive the necessary votes needed to override it. However, Democrats have vowed to press Republicans in Congress to pass the bill.

Bush signed another bill, which passed unanimously in the House and Senate that would ban "fetal farming," the prospect of raising and aborting fetuses for scientific research.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
Dec
21

Liturgical Calendar

December 21, 2014

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


Gospel:: Lk 1: 26-38

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14