History repeated itself today when President Bush vetoed legislation for the second time that would authorize federal funding of embryonic stem cell research — and is likely to repeat itself again in the coming days when Congress fails to override the veto.
But even as Bush digs in on his position that taxpayers shouldn’t be asked to pay for the destruction of human life in the form of days-old embryos, bipartisan proponents of embryonic research pledged to force Congress to vote on the issue again and again — until they get a veto-proof two-thirds margin in both houses of Congress or until Bush leaves office.
Well considering that there were slightly less votes this time around they are not exactly going in the direction of a veto-proof two-thirds margins. They know this is a waste of time, but so did pro-lifers under President Clinton who twice vetoed the partial birth abortion ban. Interesting to compare the presidential vetoes where one was in support of virtual-infanticide and the other protecting the most innocent of life at the very beginning of human life.
Federal funding of stem cell research looms as a major issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. All the Democratic candidates support lifting Bush’s ban on expanding stem cell research and the leading Democratic contenders, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, quickly condemned Bush’s veto and pledged to encourage embryonic research if they are elected.
Two of the leading Republican candidates, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani also have said they’d lift the president’s ban on federal money for embryonic research.
Updated: I removed my comments about Giuliani’s and McCain support for ESCR since I was mistaken about McCain’s support.