Washington, DC -- President Bush said Friday that federal money should not be used for research on fetal tissue or on stem cells derived from abortions. ``I believe there's some wonderful opportunities for adult stem-cell research,'' Bush said. ``I believe we can find stem cells from fetuses that died a natural death, but I do not support research from aborted fetuses.''
The move marked the third pro-life proclamation of the Bush administration -- coming after an executive order to stop taxpayer funding of groups that promote or perform abortions and an announcement by new HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson saying the Bush administration would reevaluate the FDA's decision to allow use of the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug.
He did not say whether he would move to block federal research funding. Aides said afterward he was signaling his intent to do so.