Obama Hits Right Notes on Stem Cell Research; Republicans Heartless

This was an easy step, but it was the right step, and it was the humane step.

When he signed the Executive Order lifting the federal ban on new
embryonic stem cell research, President Obama was making good on a
campaign promise. That's what made it right. He was taking an action
that is popular with the vast majority of the American public. That's
what made it easy. But it's also an action that holds out the promise
of curing a whole variety of debilitating diseases from diabetes all
the way to Parkinson's. That's what made it so humane.

This was an easy step, but it was the right step, and it was the humane step.

When he signed the Executive Order lifting the federal ban on new
embryonic stem cell research, President Obama was making good on a
campaign promise. That's what made it right. He was taking an action
that is popular with the vast majority of the American public. That's
what made it easy. But it's also an action that holds out the promise
of curing a whole variety of debilitating diseases from diabetes all
the way to Parkinson's. That's what made it so humane.

In a graceful touch, Obama invoked the famous and the unsung who fought so hard for embryonic stem cell research.

"As we restore our commitment to science, and resume funding for
promising stem cell research, we owe a debt of gratitude to so many
tireless advocates, some of whom are with us today, many of whom are
not. Today, we honor all those whose names we don't know, who
organized, and raised awareness, and kept on fighting - even when it
was too late for them, or for the people they love. And we honor those
we know, who used their influence to help others and bring attention to
this cause - people like Christopher and Dana Reeve, who we wish could
be here to see this moment."

On Monday, Obama also signed a Presidential Memorandum ten ensure
scientific integrity in government decision-making. His Administration,
he said, will "base our public policies on the soundest science." And
he pledged to "appoint scientific advisers based on their credentials
and experience, not their politics or ideology."

What a refreshing break from the Bush-Cheney policies, which
amounted to Lysenkoism--not only on stem cell research but also on
global warming.

In typical fashion, the Republican Party remained the heartless party of no.

House Republican Leader John Boehner said Obama's move "rolled back
important protections for innocent life, further dividing our nation at
a time when we need greater unity to tackle the challenges before us."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell provided his usual echo:
"With this announcement, the government is, for the first time,
incentivizing the creation and destruction of human embryos at the
expense of the U.S. taxpayer."

They talk about the destruction of human life, but fertility clinics
around the country have their freezers full of embryos that they will
never use and that they'll ultimately toss in the garbage. Why not use
these embryos to save lives instead?

Boehner and McConnell care more about the frozen embryos that are
going to be discarded than the real-live human beings who are
needlessly suffering today.

The Republican leaders are lost in the wilderness of their own barren ideology.