Bush's Opposition to Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Anti-Life
By David Holcberg and Alex Epstein (Capitalism Magazine, July 20, 2006)
President Bush's veto of a bill to remove restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is immoral. Being the first veto of Bush's presidency, it shows once again his commitment to impose his religious agenda on all Americans.
Contrary to the claims of Bush and others who oppose embryonic stem cell research, embryos destroyed in the process of extracting stem cells are not human beings. These embryos are smaller than a grain of sand, and consist of, at most, a few hundred undifferentiated cells. They have no body or body parts. They do not see, hear, feel, or think. While these early embryos have the potential to become human beings--they are not actual human beings.
To restrict the freedom of scientists to use clusters of cells to do such research on the basis of religious dogma is to violate their rights--as well as the rights of all who would contribute to, invest in, or benefit from this research.
Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to revolutionize medicine and save millions of lives--and it should proceed unimpeded.