Democrats in D.C. are up in arms after President Bush vetoed a bill that would've paved the way to fund embryonic stem cell research.
Few doctors in our area are willing to talk about embryonic stem cell research because of the controversy behind it... The need to destroy human embryos to do it. But we're told this veto may have a light at the end of the tunnel.
"The President is drawing attention to the non-embryonic stem cell research that is ongoing, which means there will be more money available for this line of research," says Dr. Seah Lim, an Amarillo Medical Oncologist.
Doctor Lim has been researching bone marrow and blood stem cell research for 15 years. He says he's never considered studying embryonic stem cells.
"I'm one who likes to make use of the material that is easily available to me and I'm a hemotologist, blood and bone marrow is available to me everyday," says Dr. Lim.
The Oresident vetoed the bill because he does not support deliberately ending human life for research purposes. Some politicians are outraged the federal funds won't be used for embryotic stem cell research, because doctors say they hold the potential to treat disease's like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
"Today as the President vetos legislation that is backed by 72% of the American people he will attempt to fool the public and soothe his conscience with a symbolic gesture that has empty symbolic value," says Senator Rahm Emanuel, (D)-Illinois.
"This is one example on how the President put ideology before science, politics before the needs of our families how out of touch he and his party have become," says Senator Hillary Clinton, (D)-New York.
Doctor Lim says bone marrow stem cells are helping about 20 people in Amarillo beat leukemia.
He says if that kind of success continues, there may be no need for embryonic stem cell research in the future.
"If non-embryonic stem cells can be shown to be just as good as embryonic stem cells in term of potential for repair of tissue then I have no doubt nobody will do embryonic stem cells," says Dr. Lim.