Eagle Forum
Lori Cole, (202) 544-0353 August 10, 2001

Bush Approves Tax Dollars For Embryo-Killing Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - “President Bush made the wrong decision morally, scientifically, legally, and politically by approving federal funds for embryonic stem cell research,” Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly said Friday morning.

“President Bush's announcement contradicts his past statements calling for the rebuilding of a culture of life. He has embraced the cause of science in a way that disrespects life in its earliest stages. Embryonic stem cell research in the name of the 'greatest public good' is wrong. It is unworthy of this great nation. Human beings at the earliest stage of development deserve respect and protection by virtue of their humanity.

“Did he have an alternative? Yes. President Bush could have chosen only to support ethical stem cell research, which has proven more successful scientifically. Over 11,000 babies are born every day in the United States. Parents can now choose to preserve their child's umbilical cord, which is rich in stem cells. If every parent made this decision, every human being would then have a supply of stem cells available to treat future ailments or disease.

“While embryonic stem cells have yet to provide a single benefit to a human patient, stem cells from adult tissues, umbilical cords, and placentas have successfully treated tumors, cancer, and other diseases. Taxpayers will now be forced to pay for unethical, immoral, and unnecessary embryonic stem cell research.

“In 1995, Congress outlawed federal funding for 'research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to the risk of injury or death.' The law is quite clear. Yet, President Bush embraced the Clintonian interpretation that if private funds were used to kill the embryos then federal funds can be used to conduct research on their remains.

“Twice in the last year, President Bush clearly stated opposition to federally funded research that kills living human embryos. President Bush broke his word to the American people. He made the right decision then but now has caved under pressure. Congress should immediately reinforce the 1995 law to ensure that all embryos will be protected from facing a death sentence in the name of experimental research, regardless of who pays for it,” Schlafly concluded.