Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
March 1, 2017 Disclaimer: Please read.

Statements and opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.

4 3 2 1

Truthdig Bazaar
The Prison Letters of Fidel Castro

The Prison Letters of Fidel Castro

by Fidel Castro (Author), Luis Conte Aguero (Epilogue), Ann Louise Bardach (Introduction)

Diary of a Bad Year

Diary of a Bad Year

By J. M. Coetzee

more items

Ear to the Ground
Email this item Print this item

Bush Inventing Reasons to Oppose Stem Cell Research

Posted on Aug 25, 2006
See No Facts

In this satirical photo, President Bush deploys his time-honored technique of keeping new facts at bay.

Don’t both Bush with new facts; his mind’s made up.

Even though scientists have discovered a way to experiment on stem cells without killing viable embryos, Bush still opposes the research, for maddeningly opaque reasons. A spokesperson tried to say it’s because the research wasn’t peer-reviewed, but that’s just false.


News stories today report that biologists have ?developed a technique for establishing colonies of human embryonic stem cells from an early human embryo without destroying it.?

The Bush administration has repeatedly stated that it opposes expanded embryonic stem cell research because it would involve destroying human embryos. On July 18, when asked why President Bush opposed a stem cell bill, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow replied, ?The simple answer is he thinks murder is wrong.? The next day, Bush vetoed HR 810:

... Emily Lawrimore, a White House spokeswoman, suggested that the new procedure would not satisfy the objections of Mr. Bush. ? Though Ms. Lawrimore called it encouraging that scientists were moving away from destroying embryos, she said: ?Any use of human embryos for research purposes raises serious ethical questions. This technique does not resolve those concerns.?

This new excuse is hopelessly vague. Lawrimore provided no elaboration on what those ?ethical questions? and ?concerns? exactly were. As Dr. Robert Lanza, who led the breakthrough project, stated, ?There is no rational reason left to oppose this research.?



More Below the Ad


Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Join the conversation

Load Comments

By Ignorance IsNotBliss, August 26, 2006 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

An idiot he will always be. To quote some other posters on other sites, “Why does dumbya hate America so much?”

Report this

By wally cox, August 25, 2006 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

You know damn well that shrub would get him some black market stem cell therapy if he knew it would make him stop having all those gay urges crossing his mind, the ones that make him bomb little brown people in compensation behavior.

Report this
Right Top, Site wide - Care2
Right 3, Site wide - Exposure Dynamics
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide

Like Truthdig on Facebook