Thursday, July 20, 2006

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

With the media's continuous coverage of the war in Lebanon, the President vetoed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 without much notice. The president explained the following as the reason to reject a bill that passed with 63-37 approval in the senate:

"This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others," Bush said in announcing his veto. "It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect."

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The president obviously wanted to please the ultra-conservatives and the Vatican with his first veto. I understand him trying to please his base of staunch voters. But, since when does the president cares about the Vatican?

When the war drums were beating before we marched into Iraq, the Vatican and other Christian groups pleaded for the president to consider other options than waging a war against Iraq. Every war takes innocent human life in the hope of bringing other benefits to the occupied country or the occupying forces. At least, that's what the coalition governments claim.

So, how could this bill be any different than the death of 14,000 Iraqis who've died so far in Iraq this year? How could this bill be different than an average of 100 Iraqis who daily die in Iraq because of the instability in their country?

My uncle's wife has been suffering from Parkinson's disease for the last 25 years. Each time I see Michael J. Fox on TV, I understand what he's going through because I've seen the continuous suffering of my uncle's wife and her family who takes care of her.

There are millions of people who would benefit from such research in the future. Sometimes, we need to sacrifice life to preserve life.

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