Today President Bush once again vetoed a bill that would expand federally funded embryonic stem cell research, despite its promise to cure disease and its support among 70% of Americans. The Associated Press writes,
Currently, states and private organizations are permitted to fund embryonic stem cell research, but federal support is limited to cells that existed as of Aug. 9, 2001. The latest bill is aimed at lifting that restriction.
Rather than outlawing this restriction that limits the ability of scientists to fight disease, President Bush still supports researching just non-embryonic stem cells. NJDC recently blogged about the failure of this position, as scientists maintain that embryonic stem cell research is the "gold standard."
President Bush's refusal to sign this legislation shows just how out of touch his Administration is with the majority of Americans who recognize the potential of this research to find cures for those diseases that plague millions.