Bush Stem Cell Veto Sucks

No intention of “going political” here on my chatty diabetes blog, but in the name of Diabetes Advocacy, I can’t let this one pass! President Bush has threatened to veto a bill expanding public funding for embryonic stem cell research. Existing stem cells lines are simply not sufficient to take this revolutionary research to the next level — which is very likely a place where CURES to many degenerative diseases like diabetes will be created.

Bush’s short-sited thinking just sucks. The ADA, JDRF, and Diabetes Research Institute agree. Please see Dr. Bill Quick’s diabetes.blog.com today for all the details.

18 Responses

  1. Bill Braithwaite
    Bill Braithwaite May 26, 2005 at 9:40 pm | | Reply

    Bravo Amy!!

    You’ve got “balls” to say that!

    I find the Evangelical Religious Right that BUSH has aligned himself with to be a very scary bunch!

    BUSH intended to use his Veto even though the majority of Americans fully support Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

    Embryonic Stem Cell Research is the Holy Grail for Cures to a myriad of diseases & ailments that plague Millions of people Worldwide.

    It’s time to give Researchers and Scientists all the support we can offer to speed their quest along.

    The people suffering & their friends, family & loved ones haven’t got time to waste.

    George W. Bush has an opportunity to step up to the plate & allow something to happen that could change the whole World for the betterment of ALL Mankind.

    Just Do the Right thing George!!

    Cheers! Billy ;) )

    P.S. It’s important for Everyone’s voices to be heard at this time – so if you or one of your family or friends or loved ones suffer from any disease that this may help – SPEAK UP and tell anyone who will listen how important it is that Embryonic Stem Cell Research be Funded, Supported & allowed to take place in the United States of America!

    America can & will lead the way to a Cure!

  2. Shannon Lewis
    Shannon Lewis May 27, 2005 at 5:17 am | | Reply

    After all of the hard work people put into getting Congress to pass the bill and then with a single stroke of a pen, Bush vetoes (sp?) it. I know the checks and balances were put in place for a reason, but dammit if Bush couldn’t be more long sighted and to see that millions of people who are already living can benefit from cells that may never become a human life EVER.

    He essentially would rather put to waste embryo’s that my never live rather than use them to save human lives.

    Let’s just hope the next president won’t be as ignorant.

  3. b. cole
    b. cole May 27, 2005 at 10:59 am | | Reply

    I am a father of a daughter with Type 1 Juvenile diabetes, who has been in Washington, D.C. legislative offices on behalf of National Diabetes Organizations.

    My personal interest is in finding a cure for Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. My now 15 year old daughter was diagnosed almost 5 years ago. So far, she has pricked her fingers approximately 11,000 times, and has taken about 7,500 insulin injections. If she had cancer, she could hope to be cured – or at least to go into remission so she wouldn’t need 4 or 5 or 6 insulin shots every day just to stay alive. Right now, all we can hope for is that she doesn’t have a heart attack or a stroke, that she doesn’t go blind, that her kidneys keep working and that her feet and legs don’t have to be amputated.

    Now, let me tell you about the economics of diabetes. Diabetics test their blood sugar levels at least four times a day – children with type 1 juvenile diabetes test more like 6 to 8 times a day. These little test strips that are used to measure blood glucose levels cost, conservatively and on average, 70 cents per strip. Diabetics who test their blood glucose level just 4 times per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime) are spending Two Dollars and Eighty Cents per day, or a little over a thousand dollars a year, minimum, on these strips. That’s over a billion dollars per year for every 1 million diabetics, and there are an estimated 17 million people suffering from diabetes in the US alone.

    Next, I am going to review the financials from the 2003 and 2004 Annual Reports of Eli Lilly & Company, one of the major producers of insulin. Before I do, I want to remind you that insulin will never cure diabetes. It is what my 15-year-old refers to as her ‘lifeline’. It keeps a diabetic alive, but does not prevent the catastrophic side effects. And it will never cure anyone!

    2003: “Our worldwide sales…increased 14%, to 12.58 billion dollars.” Sources of revenue: “Diabetes care products, composed primarily of Humulin…Humalog…and Actos…had aggregate worldwide revenues of 2.57 billion dollars.” Ladies and gentlemen, 20% of the worldwide sales were from 3 products, 2 of which (Humulin and Humalog) are for ‘maintenance’ of type 1 diabetics. In 2003, Humulin sales in the US were 507.5 million dollars, and were 658.6 million dollars for Humalog.

    The 2004 numbers are equally staggering. The same three products had aggregate worldwide revenues of 2.61 billion dollars. Humulin sales in the US were only 422.7 million, but Humalog sales in the US were up to 685.4 million dollars. An explanation offered by Eli Lilly is (and this is a direct quote!) “Humalog sales in the US increased 3 percent as increased prices offset slight volume declines.”

    That’s 5.18 billion dollars in a two-year period – to treat patients who will not get better. That’s a whole lot of insurance and medicare dollars going to two drugs to maintain a condition for which there actually might be a cure.

    Breakthroughs using stem cell therapies have been announced all over the world, and involving many conditions, such as reversing the side effects of diabetes, curing type 1 juvenile diabetes, restoration of immune systems in cancer patients, improvement of a Parkinson’s patient’s motor skills by 83%, reversal of heart tissue damage in a heart attack victim, the list goes on and on. Stem cells work, and more research is needed.

    This is not a religious issue. This is a health issue. This is a “where are my Medicare dollars going?” issue – a quality of life issue. Even though the dollars are huge, let’s not forget that the main benefits from stem cell research and therapies are to improve the health and to save the lives of millions who suffer, or who may in the future suffer from diseases that could be treated or cured with new stem cell therapies. We are talking about improvement of the quality of a human life!

  4. Bill Braithwaite
    Bill Braithwaite May 27, 2005 at 2:29 pm | | Reply

    WOWWWWWWW!!

    the comments of Shannon & Amy & B.Cole are Bang On!!!

    Bravo!!

    yeah this Bush thing is a bloody joke and an OUTRAGE!! I don’t know why people aren’t more up in arms about that MORON & how HE can even look people in the eye. He is the most pompous, smug, arrogant, selfish idiot i’ve ever seen – next to only Mitt Romney standing with his wife who has MS & saying they don’t agree with Embryonic Stem Cell Research!!!!!

    OK I’ll calm down now…… ;) )

    but it’s not funny!!

    I don’t know whether these people are brainwashed or what it is – don’t get me wrong I think some basic tenets of Religion are good – like Do unto others…, Don’t Kill other People, Don’t Covet this & that, Don’t Steal… blah blah blah – i’ve forgotten the rest of them – I mean whatever gets ya thru the night – But Give Me A Break!!

    Wake Up America & Tell BUSH & his Religious Right ilk to GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!

    EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH IS THE CURE FOR WHAT AILS “ALL MANKIND”!! or at least a darn good start!! ;) )

    Cheers! Billy ;) )

  5. Jeff Kuhns
    Jeff Kuhns May 27, 2005 at 4:29 pm | | Reply

    I had an awesome comment to write but how can you follow that except to say: go to advocacy.diabetes.org and register to see what you can do. This bill has not been vetoed yet just a promise from He Who Would Be President. The way some conservatives think is scary. “We don’t want you to use these embryonic cells for the good of the order but, if you want to throw them in the trash I have no moral issue with that.” WWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAT!

  6. Bill Braithwaite
    Bill Braithwaite May 27, 2005 at 10:02 pm | | Reply

    Yep – yer right Jeff! I’m being careful not to use CAPS or BOLD ;) ) but i just re-read what i wrote & it sounds ok & i’m glad i said what i said.

    You are right – the Conservatives are a scary bunch & the similarities to that other religious group the taliban is frightening.

    Scientists & Medical Researchers are so frightened by these Religious Right Conservatives that they are leaving the US to do their much-needed work abroad.

    We need them here because the US has a wealth of Medical Talent, Smart Brains/People & of course the Infrastucture & Dollar Resources that it will take for all these Stem Cell Research Miracles to become a reality.

    I apologized to Amy for using her Blog but I didn’t know where else to do it. I don’t want to “scare” anyone but I do want to Wake them up to See the Light of what’s going on here. There’s too much at stake for too many people suffering from all these terrible diseases.

    Embryonic Stem Cell Research needs to proceed Full-Steam Ahead so that these Cures may be found sooner rather than later!

    Cheers! Billy ;) )

  7. john
    john May 28, 2005 at 1:21 pm | | Reply

    If embryos are indeed human life, then those who propose discarding them for any reason are intentionally taking human life. To point to the possible medical benefits from doing so is simply a way of saying that “the ends justify the means.” But the ends don’t justify the means. I am a diabetic, a cancer survivor, and .have had a serious autoimmune nerve disorder which may recur. Which one of these diseases makes it OK for me to sacrifice a human life?

  8. AmyT
    AmyT May 29, 2005 at 1:51 pm | | Reply

    John,
    Take it up with the ADA, JDRF, and Diabetes Research Institute. Why do you think that these and a myriad of disease advocacy organizations, along with most of the brightest minds around the world, support this research?

  9. Jeff
    Jeff May 29, 2005 at 3:22 pm | | Reply

    If the as proposed, and I don’t disagree, that an embryo is indeed alive then why aren’t people up in arms about the number of embryos destroyed each year due to in vitro fertilization. This bill asks only to use those embryos. Embryos that otherwise would be destroyed. Where is Mr. Bush’s “no new in vitro” speech? When my daughter was first diagnosed I had a hard time making up my mind on embryonic stem cells but to me this is a situation where the excesses of one medical procedure can benefit millions. And it can all be done without creating a life form with the intention of destroying it.

  10. Matt
    Matt May 29, 2005 at 10:09 pm | | Reply

    Right on, Jeff (and right on, Amy). The embryos used to create new stem-cell lines would otherwise be discarded. The Pro-life agenda on this issue is filled with hypocrisy, as David’s “why don’t they call for an end to in-vitro fertilization” comment points out.

    I find it very interesting that many politicians (such as Arlen Specter and Nancy Reagan [not really a politician, but someone involved in politics]) support this bill. That’s what happens when the issues involved are not abstract, but rather affect lives in a real way on a daily basis.

  11. Garry
    Garry May 30, 2005 at 4:22 pm | | Reply

    There is currently no law or regulation against destroying human embryos for research purposes. While President George W. Bush banned the use of FEDERAL FUNDING to support research on embryonic stem cells created after August 2001, it is not illegal. Anyone using private funds is free to pursue it. In 1996, under President Bill Clinton, the Dickey Amendment prohibited the use of federal funds that would involve the destruction of embryos. So much for the “Conservatives-are-a-scary-bunch” theory…

  12. Jeff
    Jeff May 30, 2005 at 5:50 pm | | Reply

    I stand corrected. Politicians are a scary bunch in general. I guess I should do more research.

  13. Jeff
    Jeff May 30, 2005 at 6:10 pm | | Reply

    I did a little more research to find the Dickey Amendment did not restrict the use of federal funds in stem cell research only research that would destroy embryos. Stem cells that were obtained through privately funded procedures could then be used in federally funded studies. Let Us also remember that the first published stem cell research occured in 1998, three years after the Dickey Amendment was passes. And even though it passed in the Clinton years, the Clinton Administration found a way to allow stem cell research when its possibilities came to light.

  14. D Double E
    D Double E June 1, 2005 at 2:40 pm | | Reply

    I am the father of a two year old with type-1 diabetes. Thanks for all your great information. I discuss some of these issues in my blog, deeherman.blogspot.com, though it isnt all diabetes related. Keep up the great work– and thanks for your blog.

  15. Richard
    Richard June 7, 2005 at 9:22 am | | Reply

    I do not support Embryonic Stem Cell Research, it sounds good but will be abused.

    BTW, I have been a Type 1 diabetic for over 45 years — since age four. And still have good health and everything else…nothing has been removed yet, other than one tooth.

  16. Bill Braithwaite
    Bill Braithwaite June 9, 2005 at 10:07 am | | Reply

    There was some Great News out of Toronto, Canada today that Scientists/Researchers have developed 2 new lines of Emryonic Stem Cells!

    These new lines will be available to Scientists & Researchers to search for cures to Diabetes & a myriad of other diseases & ailments.

    One of the interesting things they mentioned was how previously Canadian Researchers could get these lines from abroad but that they were very expensive. So obviously $$Dollars do play a very important part in finding the elusive “cure”.

    Anything that speeds this along is greatly appreciated!!

    Bravo Canada!! ;) )

  17. b.cole
    b.cole June 18, 2005 at 8:45 am | | Reply

    Stem Cell Research Advoctes Unite!

    The majority of people in the U.S. want stem cell research. A march on Washington, DC is planned for PRO-CURE advocates in November. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know.

  18. Deborah Clark
    Deborah Clark October 7, 2007 at 5:54 am | | Reply

    If you believe that Bush is veto-ing these Stem-cell research bills because he doesn’t care about funding the research for many of the diseases out there including diabetes, then I have to say, that you, along with many of the others who are saying these same exact words, thinking that the President is just being sucky about this whole issue, and he is completely crazy, a nasty person; well, then you are all believing a blatant lie!; there is plenty of medical research out there that has been given out by the best of physicians, many that I have known personally, and there is ABSOLUTELY NO IDIOTIC REASON TO DESTROY HUMAN EMBRYOS OTHER THAN FOR the reasons these liars out there have for funding more of their desire for cloning, yes, the cloning of human beings; and I myself, do not wish for anyone to play God with people anymore than they have by murdering all of these unborn children, and then in the same breath, if a woman happens to give birth to her infant while at home and it dies, but she doesn’t call the law and tell someone, she’s liable to go to prison and/or be suspect to her own child’s murder; how rediculous is that?! How about somebody hitting a pregnant woman in the stomach, and the baby dies before it is born as a result, so that it has to be delivered; then the assailant gets charged with that baby’s murder; now how different is that than charging a doctor who stabs a perfectly normal baby in the head right when this baby is being born(this child could be adopted by people who would give anything for a child), while this child, who is a completely different person than it’s mother, why does everyone think that a mother, just because she will be the parent, or “the caretaker”, that this baby also belongs to, and is- “her body, owned by her?” so that she, personally has the right to take that child’s life and end it whenever she sees fit, because it isn’t convenient for her to keep this child alive for whatever reason? How can anyone call it anything but what it is? it is murder!
    President Bush only has the best heart in mind for the lives of all human beings, even those at war, and whenever you see him as the beginner of the war, remember that just a few months before he came into office, Pres. Clinton had our troops fire approx. 19 or more missles at those very same people we are at war with now…., and people wonder why we’re at war?, and why we had 9/11; Read a Holy Bible, it completely explains this war we are in, the war that originates through the Euphrates river; no other time in history could this ever have been true until this damn was built across the Euphrates, because there was no other way to cross, it was foretold that it would dry up to be crossed; the only way that could happen is through the damn that was built not too long ago.
    Wait until you see the other part,where it says that 1/3rd of mankind on the earth will be killed, and that there will be an army of soldiers 200 billion strong sill coming. So, don’t blame everything on Mr. Bush – There is not one man or woman on this earth said to be without sin; and by looking to see who else we can all blame for what we all have caused judgement to fall upon us just shows we are all from that original garden all of those years ago, and we haven’t changed a bit.

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