February 26, 2024

Democrats’ presidential hopeful backs embryo stem cell research

Senator John Kerry, the Democrats’ all-but-endorsed candidate for president, says that he would overturn George W. Bush’s ban on expanding federal funding for research on embryonic stem cells.

Recalling that heart transplants had once been ethically contentious, Senator Kerry said, “the medical discoveries that come form stem cells are crucial next steps in humanity’s uphill climb…

Part of this nation’s greatness lies in the fact that we have led the world in great medical discoveries, with our breakthroughs and our beliefs going hand in hand.” However, despite pressure from Congress, various lobby groups and former first lady Nancy Reagan, President Bush dug his heels in this week on the issue of stem cells. “The president doesn’t believe we should be creating life for the sole purpose of destroying life,” said the White House spokesman.