Washington - The following statement may be attributed to Sean Tipton, president, Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR):
"In the face of spiraling health care costs, President Bush once again
used the stroke of his veto pen deliberately to hamper the progress of
scientific and medical research, as well as endanger the future health and
well being of the American people. His executive order directing NIH to
continue pursuing alternate forms of research is nothing new, since NIH has
already been conducting this research for the past 20 years. President Bush
isn't fooling anyone with this executive order; and the fact that it
doesn't change the policy adds insult to injury for the millions of
patients who suffer every day.
"With this veto, President Bush has sent the message that it is more
important to throw an embryo into a IVF clinic's garbage can, than it is to
find cures and treatments for diseases and disorders like cancer,
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, and spinal cord injuries.
"With this veto, President Bush has made it clear to the citizens of
this great nation that he will continue to rely on factually incorrect
information and the political pressure of an extremist minority on this
"With this veto, President Bush ignored the overwhelming majority in
the medical, scientific, and spiritual communities who believe stem cell
research holds the key to unlocking the future of better treatments and
"With this veto, President Bush turned the page to start yet another
chapter in a Presidential legacy of errors in judgment and bad decisions
that needlessly cost American lives in the process.
"More than 100 million Americans suffer from debilitating diseases and
disorders for which embryonic stem cell research holds great promise.
Despite our anger and disgust at this second, most misguided veto, we will
continue to do whatever we can to advance embryonic stem cell research in
America. We will always be grateful for the strong, bipartisan support on
this issue in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and among
the American people."
SOURCE: Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research