Patti Davis, the daughter of the late President Ronald Reagan, spoke fervently, last month, to an audience at Tilson Hall about the ability of stem cell research to save lives.

Davis, along with her mother and brother, Ron Reagan, have become vocal advocates for legislation to allow stem cell research.

Embryonic stem cell research is currently not federally funded in the United States. Though some medical researchers believe that stem cells, which retain the ability to change into other cell types, may be able to repair specific tissues or to grow organs. The potential implications and benefits would require years of intensive study.

She enlighted about the stem cell hypocracy of Bush goverment, she claimed that the “one real tragedy” of the current political climate is that “religion has been used in the service of politics.” Davis also told the audience that, in her opinion, politics had become more important than compassion.

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