U.S. Senate Takes Up Bill to Fund Embryo-Destroying Research
by Jennifer Mesko, associate editor

Bush plans to veto ‘assault on the sanctity of human life.’

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a bill Tuesday that would mandate federal funding of human embryonic stem-cell research. President Bush has used his veto pen only one time, but has said he’s ready to use it again on S. 5.

Dawn Vargo, associate bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said a veto would protect the lives of tiny humans.

“Some politicians and scientists want to open the funding floodgates for this type of embryo-destroying research,” she said. “S. 5 would remove all federal funding restrictions and give scientists access to federal coffers — your tax dollars — for this unproven and unethical research.”

Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, said the bill is part of a “larger assault on the sanctity of human life.”

“Many of the forces that are pushing this bill have also been pushing for the creation of human embryos by cloning,” Johnson said.

S. 5 is similar to one sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., which passed the House in January. If S. 5 passes the Senate, it would go to the House.

Johnson predicted the Senate to come up with the necessary two-thirds vote to override a veto, but he hopes the House won’t follow suit.

“It’s very important lawmakers in both houses hear from pro-life constituents,” Johnson said.

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