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Catholics praise Bush's veto.

WASHINGTON -- Catholic leaders praised President George W. Bush July 19 for vetoing a bill that would have expanded federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. It was Bush's first veto in his five-and-a-half-year administration.

Richard Doerflinger, deputy director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for ProLife Activities, praised the veto and Bush's insistence "that progress in treating devastating diseases must be pursued in ways that are both effective and morally sound."

"We join the president in inviting Congress and the scientific community to work together on the issue for the good of all," Doerflinger added.

Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, said the stem-cell bill was "eminently worthy of President Bush's first veto."

"Every human life, no matter how small, should be protected in law," he said.
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Title Annotation:U.S. BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Jul 28, 2006
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