Senators Specter and Harkin, in the Senate Appropriations Committee, have added funding for research on embryos destroyed in research between the August 9, 2001 cutoff point and June 15, 2007 to “a must-pass bill for the Labor and Health and Human Services”.
The Bill must make it through the Senate, the House and the possible “conference committees” (where compromises between the two bodies are worked out) before it can be sent to the President.
From the Houston Chronicle:
The pushback began Thursday. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a must-pass bill for the Labor and Health and Human Services departments that includes permission to use federal funding for embryonic stem cell lines derived after Bush in 2001 banned taxpayer dollars from being used on new studies of that kind. Voting no were Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Judd Gregg, R-N.H.
The provision, proposed by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, would allow taxpayer dollars to be spent on research on human embryonic stem cell lines derived prior to June 15, 2007 — moving the date of Bush’s August 2001 ban on public funding for such research up by nearly six years. The overall bill now moves to the full Senate for debate later this year.
Research on stem cell lines derived in the interim would be eligible for federal funding. The new provision also would add ethical standards to be used for selecting embryos to be studied using federal funds.
The research funds are not in anyway necessary. The creation and destruction of embryonic humans for their parts is unjust.
Take a listen to some of the poorest reasoning I’ve ever heard for Federal funding at National Public Radio. R. Alta Charo, who works for Planned Parenthood and calls “neocons” part of the “endarkenment,” believes that the Feds will”dwarf” the $3 Billion that California has budgeted for destructive embryo research!