WASHINGTON, March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded to President Obama's move announced late Friday to overturn President Bush's policy that allowed funding of human embryonic stem cell research without encouraging the destruction of human embryos. In August 2001, President Bush for the first time allowed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Since that decision, funding has increased to over $40 million per year on human embryonic stem cells, new methods have been developed to create embryonic-like stem cells without harming or destroying human embryos, and adult stem cells have been used to treat over 70 diseases in human patients.
Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, released the following statement:
"It must be Friday night because word leaks of yet another deadly executive order by President Obama. Friday night orders include rescinding the Mexico City Policy, eroding conscience protections for health care providers and now word of greenlighting funding for experiments that encourage human embryo destruction. Today's news that President Obama will open the door to direct taxpayer funds for embryonic stem cell research that encourages the destruction of human embryos is a slap in the face to Americans who believe in the dignity of all human life.
"I believe it is unethical to use human life, even young embryonic life, to advance science. While such research is unfortunately legal, taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for experiments that require the destruction of human life. President Obama's policy change is especially troubling given the significant adult stem cell advances that are being used to treat patients now without harming or destroying human embryos.
"Despite the significant advances using adult stem cells to treat patients, and new techniques to create stem cells from any patient, President Obama will choose to direct taxpayer's money to experiments that represent the poorest stem cell science.
"We should be increasing funding for adult stem cell treatments, which have been used to treat patients for over 70 diseases and conditions, and we should fund the historic achievements in reprogramming ordinary skin cells into embryonic-like stem cells without compromising ethics by destroying life.
"I urge President Obama to direct funding not only to the best science, but also to the surest common ground -- research using adult stem cells and stem cells created by reprogramming."
|SOURCE Family Research Council|
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