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National Right to Life Commends President Bush for Executive Order and Veto, Advancing Research While Respecting Human Life

Jun 20, 2007 | 2007 Press Releases

The following statement was released by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at 3 PM EDT.  For further information, send an e-mail to

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2007) — The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) today expressed strong approval of President Bush’s veto of legislation (S. 5) that would mandate federal funding of the type of stem cell research that requires the killing of human embryos.  NRLC also commended the President for issuing an executive order to promote more federal funding for promising types of stem cell research that do not require harming human embryos.

On June 7, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) said that “science has taken us to a place that is biblical in its power to cure — and that is the embryonic stem cell research.”  NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson commented, “Since not a single human being has benefited from any procedure using embryonic stem cells, Pelosi’s statement is yet another demonstration that the congressional Democratic leadership is more interested in demagoguery than in supporting the most promising types of stem cell research, which do not require killing human embryos.”

A close vote is expected in the Senate on whether to override the veto, which would require the votes of two-thirds of the sworn senators who are present and voting.  If the Senate votes to override, S. 5 would return to the House of Representatives.  The House has already voted on the issue twice this year — on January 11 (253-174, on passage of H.R. 3, which is very similar to S. 5), and on June 7 (247-176, on passage of S. 5).  There were different absentees on each occasion, but every House member voted on at least one of those two occasions, and if all House members had voted on June 7, the margin of passage would have been 35 votes short of a two-thirds margin.  Contrary to some claims by Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Co.), there was no movement in either direction between the January and June roll calls.
According to a report in Roll Call (June 20), Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) also intend to insert language in the appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services, which they proclaim as a “compromise,” but which in reality would overturn the President’s policy.  NRLC’s Johnson commented, “Such grandstanding won’t overturn the President’s pro-life policy, but it could result in the entire appropriations bill being vetoed.”  Indeed, the Roll Call article reports, “But one Senate Democratic source said the addition of the stem-cell provision will help divert attention from the price tag of the bill, which is expected to be far more expensive than the president requested.”
On May 3, President Bush sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) and House Speaker Pelosi letters in which he said, “I will veto any legislation that weakens current Federal policies and laws on abortion, or that encourages the destruction of human life at any stage.”  More than one-third of the members of the House have signed a letter to the President, pledging that they will vote to sustain such vetoes.  To view or download these letters, go to

To read NRLC’s April 2 letter to Senators in opposition to S. 5, go to:

To read a recent essay from National Review Online highlighting examples of widely disseminated misinformation about embryonic stem cell research, click here.
For more information on human embryo research, human cloning, human fetus farming, and related issues, see: and