Thursday, August 09, 2001 - Bush to announce stem cell decision tonight - August 9, 2001

You have to feel for George on this one, because he's caught between a rock and a hard place; on one side, he's got the powerful pharmaceutical lobby, which desperately wants to explore the possibilities of stem cell research, and on the other side, he's got the backbone of his political party, conservative Christians, who want nothing to do with the idea because it sounds too much like an excuse for abortions.

Big business vs. religion. Wow, what a dilemma for a Republican. Now I think that medical research is more important than the vaporous fears about how the stem cells will be obtained, so my hope is that Bush will follow his wallet and side with big business on this one. His press conference will be worth watching, though, just to see him sweat a little.


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