Wednesday, July 19, 2006
House fails to override stem cell veto
My brother-in-law died in 1992 at the age of 35 after struggling with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for five years. He became totally paralyzed and my sister had to do EVERYTHING for him. My sister also had two small kids to raise while caring for him, and then continued to raise them on her own after he died. He never got to see his children grow up and get married and never got a chance to hold his grandbabies. ALS is a cruel, cruel disease, as are many other diseases and injuries for which stem cell research could help in finding cures.
I also have a friend who has MS. She is a wonderful person and fortunately has a very loving and patient husband who takes care of all of her needs. She is a very creative person, who loved to do crafts and artwork but can no longer use her arms and is confined to a wheel chair. She cannot do anything on her own anymore and is only in her mid-50s.
It's very cruel to deprive already-living people with disabilities of hope. Polls show as much as 70 percent public support for embryonic stem cell research. The Senate voted Tuesday after two days of emotional debate to expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, sending the measure to President Bush for a promised veto, the first of his presidency. "King George" and his xian-agenda once again ignores the voices of his "subjects". I wonder if he would be as heartless if one of his daughters had a spinal cord injury or had a grandson with Muscular Dystrophy? What a jackass!