Memo To Boehner: Nation Not Divided on Stem Cell Issue

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Science & TechnologyLeave a Comment

 Out of touch much, John?

The top Republican in the US House of Representatives urged President Barack Obama to "reevaluate" his decision to lift limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

"The president has 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," charged Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner.

Dividing our nation?  From Polling Report:

There is a type of medical research that involves using special cells, called embryonic stem cells, that might be used in the future to treat or cure many diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, and spinal cord injury. It involves using human embryos discarded from fertility clinics that no longer need them. Some people say that using human embryos for research is wrong. Do you favor or oppose using discarded embryos to conduct stem cell research to try to find cures for the diseases I mentioned?"

Favor      73
Oppose   19
Unsure      9

It should also be noted that stem cell research isn't even a partisan issue.  Obama's position has been endorsed by Republican lawmakers, Republican governors, and Nancy Reagan.