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Stem Cell Research July 18, 2006

Posted by j-dub in National, Politics.

The Republican controlled Senate approved a bill that President Bush is promising to veto (which would be his first veto in office).

Here’s a summary of the bill:

Would lift President Bush’s executive order blocking federal funding for any stem cell research using embryonic stem cell lines developed after Aug. 9, 2001. To qualify for federal funding under the bill, newer embryos could be used in studies only if they:

  • Were created for the purposes of fertility treatment.
  • Were donated by in vitro fertilization clinics with written, informed consent of those being being treated.
  • Were “in excess of the clinical need of the individuals seeking such treatment” and would never be implanted in a woman.
  • Would otherwise be discarded, as determined by those seeking treatment.
  • Were not donated by patients induced to do so by financial or other incentives.

Source: “The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005,” H.R. 810.

Stem cell research boasts many possible benefits, but it also brings ethical and moral baggage also.

Do the possible benefits outweigh the moral and ethical issues involved? Should federal funding be used for this research? Or should this be relegated to private industry?



1. j-dub - July 19, 2006

Bush keeps his word and vetoes the bill.

Here’s the story

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