The Empty Promise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research
President Obama has chosen to support the empty promise of embryonic stem-cell research and ignore the living hope available in adult stem cells and iPS cells, in the process trampling the wishes of millions of Americans who cherish the right to life as a gift of God. Americans deserve a government that does not put ideology over science. They deserve to know that positive alternatives have been introduced in Congress, such as the Patients First Act, which would direct the National Institutes of Health to prioritize funding for stem-cell research to those projects that show the greatest potential for near-term clinical benefit while maintaining ethical standards in obtaining those stem cells.
Ethical, pragmatic, and effective science should be the hallmark of this nation's policy; our conscience, our faith, and our posterity call for nothing less.
Mike Pence is a fifth-term Republican Congressman from Indiana and currently serves as chairman of the House Republican Conference.
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