So there are two pictures of the same issue. Also the ever going war between stem cell researchers and churches are now centering Barrack Obama. His support for the embryonic stem cell research could reignite an emotional national debate over the promise.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is warning that Obama will alienate millions, and abortion opponents are bracing for a fight. Medical researchers, meanwhile, are rejoicing at the prospect of freedom from a government policy they say has stymied efforts to develop life-saving treatments. Ending a ban on government funding for research using embryonic stem cells would be among the most controversial.
If Obama issues an order reversing the ban, Congress will have to act again — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested it will. A law on the books since 1996 bans funding of research that harms embryos and would prevent funding for research even on cells from embryos slated to be discarded by fertility clinics.
Controversy surrounding the research has simmered since 2001. That’s when President Bush imposed the funding ban during his first prime-time televised address to the nation. His decision, a month before the 9/11 attacks, was regarded at the time as likely to be one of the most important of his presidency.
Abortion opponents, Catholics and many political conservatives were elated. Others, including former first lady Nancy Reagan and California’s Republican governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, support the research and have pushed for it ever since.
Source: USA Today