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Reform Jewish Movement Criticizes Bush Veto of Stem Cell Bill

Weinstein: Stem cell research has the strong support of the American public, scientific community and Congress, all of whom understand that federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is the best method of moving science forward with appropriate speed and proper oversight.

Contact: Sean Thibault or Barbara Weinstein
202.387.2800 or news@rac.org

Washington DC | June 20, 2007 – In response to President Bush’s veto today of legislation to expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, Barbara Weinstein, Legislative Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We are deeply saddened by President Bush’s decision to again stand in the way of embryonic stem cell research.   Such research has the strong support of the American public, scientific community and Congress, all of whom understand that federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is the best method of moving science forward with appropriate speed and proper oversight.  While we welcome the President’s support for other forms of stem cell research, we must note that his veto serves only to limit the ability of scientists to move forward on the most promising form of stem cell research to date. 

We will continue to work with members of Congress and others to ensure that embryonic stem cell research, which holds tremendous potential to provide treatment or cures for a host of medical conditions, receives the strong federal support it deserves.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis



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