PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he opposes human embryonic stem cell research because it requires the destruction of days-old embryos.
Embryonic stem cells form during the early days after conception and can turn into any tissue in the body. Many scientists hope to one day harness them to grow replacement tissue to treat diabetes, spinal cord injuries and other diseases.
But prominent social conservatives, including President Bush and the Roman Catholic Church, are against the research because days-old embryos are destroyed. On Tuesday, the president’s brother said he agreed.
"I’m opposed to it," the Florida governor told a small group of reporters. "Taking a human life to save life is a huge contradiction morally." [Source]