By Rori Black
Using only the third veto in his 6 years of presidency, Bush shot down legislation to expand federally funded stem cell research. The bill would have allowed research using donated embryos already slated for destruction. He went on to issue an executive order encouraging the use of stem cell research without the destruction of human embryos.
In his message to Congress, Bush disingenuously blasted the bill as crossing an ethical line.
The Congress has sent me legislation that would compel American taxpayers, for the first time in our history, to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos.
Senator Clinton responded by accusing Bush of â€œ[putting] ideology before science [and] politics before the needs of our families.â€
In vetoing the stem cell bills, Bush has made it more difficult for researchers to explore stem cells as a way to treat serious medical conditions such as Parkinsonâ€™s and spinal cord injuries. He has chosen to â€œprotectâ€ embryos that have already been slated for destruction over research which could potentially improve and save the lives of the already born.
Last week, Senator Brownback stated that abortion should be illegal, even in the case of rape and incest. â€œRape is terrible. Rape is awful. Is it made any better by killing an innocent child? Does it solve the problem for the woman thatâ€™s been raped? â€¦ â€œWe need to protect innocent life. Period.â€ Brownbackâ€™s campaign coordinator, Leon Wolf, further solidified his stance by saying, â€œ[t]he choice to be a mother is a choice of altruism – a choice of self-sacrifice. It is a choice to forego the fullest measure of a hedonistic life in favor of a life lived, at least on a temporary basis, for the betterment of the world as a whole.â€
Brownback has unequivocally stated that the zygote created from violence and hate is more important than the health and welfare of the rape survivor. To add insult to injury, Wolf suggests, no, STATES that rape victims who chose to abort are doing so to selfishly maintain a party lifestyle, and that pregnancy is a temporary inconvenience.
Wolfâ€™s statements, and the full support of a certain type of conservative can be found at redstate.com, to which I will not link, as the whole thread is offensive, misogynistic, and hateful.
As of this writing, 3531 American troops have died fighting in Iraq, with an additional 25,950 (est) wounded. The president, his administration, and hawks continue to insist that the war was just, that Americans must continue to sacrifice their soldiers, and that there can be no time lines and benchmarks with which to bring them home. Service members are serving 4, sometimes 5 tours, are being re-upped and stop-lossed to continue this war. Bush has not attended a single military funeral. Men and women come home to the disastrous VA and DOD health care system where they are under-treated, or turned away. Unknown thousands are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with little or no mental health support. Who is concerned about their quality of life?
Finally, in the parade of the misnomered â€œRight to Lifeâ€ party, I give you the contingent of those who are anti-abortion but pro death-penalty, such as John McCain.
The “Right to Life” movement is more apt to be called the Cult of the Fetus. They are not concerned about those who are already born, their lives, or their quality of life. Their concern stops the moment the baby takes its first breath.