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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Right Position

By Terry Eastland

As promised, George Bush vetoed legislation that would authorize funding of research on embryonic stem cells. These cells are harvested by destroying embryos created but not used in fertility clinics.

Unfortunately, confusion has arisen as to why the veto was cast. Some have read into comments by the president's spokesman that Bush vetoed the bill because he thinks the destruction of human embryos is "murder." Of course, if the President believes that, then he ought to propose a bill outlawing this form of murder.

The more precise way to put the president's objection is to say that the federal government shouldn't be a party to the destruction of nascent human life. It's also reasonable to see the veto in terms of federalism: That is, the federal government should leave to the states whether or not to fund something that is legal but draws strong moral objections. The Hyde Amendment is just such a federalism measure, for it leaves abortion funding to the states.


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