Stem cell myth: ”Bush is banning stem cell research”

By vetoing the bill that would have authorized federal funds for embryonic stem cell research, President Bush is not “banning” anything.
Embryonic stem cell research remains legal under federal law. You are free to destroy embryos and harvest their stem cells without fear of federal prosecution. You just can’t get federal tax dollars to fund your research; you have to fund it yourself, or get a state or local government to foot the bill.
In fact, the federal government will fund your research on embryonic stem cells as long as you use the cell lines derived before August 9, 2001.

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  1. Bottom line:
    1) Embryonic stem cell research isn’t in the top 200 of political issues that 99.999% of people care about– myself included.
    2) Research will continue, just without federal funds.
    3) With all the ethical and technological difficulties, why should we fund it? Considering the crap the gov’t funds for research, this is a great precedent!
    4) This has nothing to do with research and everything to do with abortion.
    5) Once again…WHO CARES?

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