Institutions that use fetal tissue for scientific research have found over the past month that they are vulnerable targets of anti-choice legislation pushed in legislatures across the country.
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), who’s widely seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Congress, touted his visit to a stem-cell laboratory even though he’s on record opposing research with embryonic stem cells, which are used in the lab he toured.
Now that Obama has reversed Bush’s executive order, scientists will be allowed to study stem cells from any lineage, including newly created lines, without jeopardizing their federal funding. But where will these new lines of stem cells come from?
Rather than elevating science above all when rescinding the stem cell funding ban, Obama was clear that using stem cells from existing embryos that are slated to be destroyed is consistent with respect for human life.
President Obama will repeal the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research on Monday, the Washington Post reports.
Using a stem cell transplant, German doctors may have eliminated an American patient’s HIV — though the treatment is unlikely to be a cure.
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John McCain isn’t lying about his support for stem cell research. Why would he break with the demands of the anti-choice right on this issue?
The Minnesota House last Wednesday passed a bill that would allow the University of Minnesota to use state funds to conduct research using embryonic stem cells. The measure prompted a flurry of amendments by anti-choice Republicans designed to derail the bill.
In Missouri, State Auditor Claire McCaskill took a huge step toward defeating social conservative Senator Jim Talent on Meet the Press with her clear, candid and respectful articulation of her views. From Iraq, to a scandal-plagued Congress, from stem cell research bans to abortion, she demonstrated why American voters are tuning out social conservatives and their no longer subtle manipulations of the truth.
“I respect people who disagree with me on principle.”
Respect. How refreshing after the White House, Congress, State Legislatures and School Boards worked overtime disrespecting and stigmatizing any and everyone that didn’t behave as they were told to by the far right.[img_assist|nid=969|title=Watch Claire McCaskill Debate Jim Talent on Stem Cells|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=523]