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Bush vetoes stem cell, again

President Bush vetoed for the second time legislation that would federally fund stem cell research. “Compelling American taxpayers to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos would be a grave mistake,” Bush said Wednesday in vetoing a bill that had wall-to-wall Jewish support. “I will not allow our nation to cross this moral line.” Bush instead ordered the National Institutes of Health to come up with a plan within 90 days to explore alternative stem-cell based cures for chronic illnesses. Hadassah, which led lobbying for embryonic stem cell funding expressed “deep disappointment” in the veto. “The millions of Americans with chronic, intractable diseases deserve a more activist approach from our government in pursuit of potential cures,” said June Walker, Hadassah’s president.