President Bush Vetoes Bill H.R. 810, “Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005”


President Bush exercised his first veto overriding Congress’s Bill HR810 to loosen funding restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research. An excerpt from his message delivered during a White House ceremony:

I made it clear to the Congress that I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line. I felt like crossing this line would be a mistake, and once crossed, we would find it almost impossible to turn back. Crossing the line would needlessly encourage a conflict between science and ethics that can only do damage to both, and to our nation as a whole. If we’re to find the right ways to advance ethical medical research, we must also be willing, when necessary, to reject the wrong ways. So today, I’m keeping the promise I made to the American people by returning this bill to Congress with my veto.


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