Political Showdown over Stem Cell Research
Just as the world learns that researchers in South Korea have successfully extracted stem cells from cloned embryos, Congress is considering a bill a to expand the use of federal funds to harvest stem cells from new embryos. Scientists believe that this "therapeutic cloning- will be invaluable in finding cures and prevention against several diseases and disorders. As with abortion, this emotionally charged issue involves basic disagreements over the definition of life. While pro-life champion conservative Orrin Hatch favors the new legislation, President Bush vows he will use the first veto of his office to turn back the bill. Guest host Diana Nyad speaks hears more about the science, ethics and politics of stem cell research from advocates and opponents, including geneticists, doctors, and a member of the President-s Council on Bioethics. Making News: Senate Takes up Vote on Judicial Nominees Instead of today's expected "nuclear option" vote, Senators are busy working on a stem cell research bill, thanks to an eleventh hour compromise reached in John McCain's office. Seven Democrats agreed not to block confirmation of three judicial nominees they've opposed in return for seven Republicans foregoing support of a vote to eliminate the filibuster. Gail Chaddock of the Christian Science Monitor looks at the issues behind last night's compromise. Reporter's Notebook: Syria Withdraws Military and Intelligence Help from US Syria has put an end to all military and intelligence rapport with the United States. Ambassador Imad Moustapha says Damascus can no longer support Washington-s allegations that his country organizes and funds insurgency attacks in Iraq. Graham E. Fuller is the former Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA.