Pro-Life Groups Blast Obama for Funding Research Destroying Human Life

LifeNews.com | Steven Ertelt | March 9, 2009

Washington, DC — Responding to President Barack Obama’s decision to force taxpayers to fund research destroying human lives, pro-life groups unanimously condemned his move. They said Obama ignored the ethical considerations as well as adult stem cells and other alternatives that are actually helping patients.

Recent advances in reprogramming cells — induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) — only bolster the case that this new policy is nothing short of wasteful, pro-life advocates say.

“Embryonic stem cell research is the research of the past. Millions of dollars have been spent on embryonic stem cell research and it has failed,” Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest told LifeNews.com. “To pour more money into it is simply a waste.”

“If we’re going to put tax dollars into research — particularly at a time of unprecedented federal deficits — it needs to be research that protects life and helps patients now,” she said.

“Even more, this research destroys lives at the very earliest stage of development. Adult stem cell research is helping people now,” Yoest added.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue also chimed in and said scientists and the public now understand that there is little reason to fund embryonic stem cells since they are no closer to helping patients than they were when President Bush made his initial decision to oppose them.

“When President Bush placed restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, there was no way for scientists to approximate the effectiveness inherent in embryonic stem cells,” he told LifeNews.com. “But that is no longer the case.”

Donohue said the induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are the wave of the future.

“Last fall, Harvard University stem cell researcher Konrad Hochedlinger announced that he was able to coax adult cells to regress into an embryonic state. Scientists everywhere were ecstatic,” he explained.

“It is precisely because there are ethical alternatives to killing embryos that President Obama’s decision is doubly flawed: (a) it is immoral to intentionally destroy nascent human life, and (b) it is even more irresponsible to do so when morally acceptable alternatives exist,” he concluded.

Douglas Johnson, a spokesman for the National Right to Life Committee, also condemned Obama’s decision.

“It is a sad day when the federal government will fund research that exploits living members of the human species as raw material for research,” he told LifeNews.com.

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