March 9, 2009
Obama Overturns Bush's Policy on Embryonic Stem-Cell Research
President Obama just lifted the Bush administration’s limits on human embryonic stem cell research.
Obama also said that the government will never open the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction. "It is dangerous, profoundly wrong, and has no place in our society, or any society," he said.
Yesterday, Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, debated Art Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, over what Charmaine calls "the research of the past."
Around 60 percent of Americans agree with using stem cells derived from human embryos for medical research and 61 percent consider such research morally acceptable, according to Gallup. However, the question of the poll can impact the responses. Gallup asked whether it was morally acceptable or morally wrong to use stem cells from human embryos for medical research.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life asked respondents: All in all, which is more important, conducting stem cell research that might results in new cures OR not destroying the potential life of human embryos involved in this research. About 50 percent said conducting research was more important and 35 percent said not destroying embryos was more important. Only 31 percent of evangelicals favored research while 57 percent favored not destroying embryos.