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March 6, 2009

Obama to Reverse Embryonic Stem-Cell Funding Ban

President Obama plans to overturn Bush-era policy Monday that limited federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research, according to The Washington Post.


His executive order will overturn President Bush's August 2001 order that barred the National Institutes of Health from funding research on embryonic stem cells. Bush also vetoed legislation that would have expanded federal funded research.

Advocates for embryonic stem-cell research say it would allow scientists to find cures for diseases like Parkinson's. Opponents believe that creating them involves the destruction of human life and they argue that using adult stem cells is good alternative.

Rob Stein writes that Congress is also likely to consider legislation that could prevent any future presidents from creating restrictions.

Picture of Da Vinci's study of cells and a fetus courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


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It is not right to make people who are against embryonic stem cell research pay for it with their tax dollars. Especially in light of the new discoveries that have been made with adult skin stem cells. The government should not be in the business of funding things that are morally wrong for millions of Americans. In Jeremiah 1:5 God says"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." Psalm 139:13,14 "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." I hope Obama finds the time to read what God has to say about how precious each life is to Him, before he continues on this reckless path.