Thursday, May 26, 2005

Stem Cell Research

Although President Bush has threatened to veto stem cell legislation, the House of Representatives voted Tuesday to expand research in that area. Fifty Republicans defied the President and voted alongside the Democrat minority.*

The bill is now headed to the Senate where its passage looks promising. Now, in the chutzpah department, Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas has already threatened to use the filibuster to block this legislation.

*14 Democrats opposed.

5 Comments:

Blogger lemming said...

Topir - might want to check out your coding. The Goggle ad for gorillas covers part of today's post.

I'm curious to see how many of teh legislators who insist that embryos are life and so cannot be used for research will be prepared to support a bill that limits IVF altogether. It seems the next logical step to me, but I think would be harder to pull off

May 26, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Weird. It shows up fine for me.

May 26, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Do you use a browser other than internet exploreer? It still seems ok to me. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

Good point on embryos and IVF, I have seen a few legislators argue that (especially on the state level). Although I don't agree with them, I admire their consistency, but I don't think that such a stance would be very popular.

May 26, 2005  
Blogger lemming said...

Now the gorillas thing is gone and everything looks fine. (I tried again last night and had the same problem - now gone!)

I don't think attempts to limit IVF would be popular, but would not be surprised to see conservatives push, for example, for making it illegal for a couple to destroy unused embryos. This would further complicate the matter - how many embryos should be created at a time? etc.

I'm trying to focus upon the hypotherticals and forget that I've read (and reread) "Handmaid's Tale"

May 27, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Thanks, and please let me know if you see any problems again with my code.

I agree that that limiting IVF wouldn't be a very popular move and I think many (but not all) of the conservatives do realize

Also, I love Margaret Atwood. I've read Handmaid's Tale, Cats Eye and The Robber Bride and a few of her short stories.

May 27, 2005  

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