President Bush issued [the now-reversed] executive order to press for more research into ways of obtaining embryonic stem cells without harming human life. The order was intended to ultimately fund research into alternatives" to destructive embryonic stem cell research such as altered nuclear transfer (ANT), "regression" (reverting differentiated cells into stem cells), and other methods.If Obama was truly interested in the medical breakthroughs that stem cell research might offer, why would he cut off all federal funding except that which requires the destruction of human lives? In this twisted age, he ends up being praised for his compassion.
Bush could be said to have been ahead of his time since regression, also known as direct reprogramming, has taken off and the new induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are the talk of the scientific world.
The Life News article quotes bioethics attorney Wesley J. Smith as he speculates about Obama's motivations:
"I can think of only two reasons for this action, for which I saw no advocacy either in the election or during the first weeks of the Administration," Smith says. "First, vindictiveness against all things 'Bush' or policies considered by the Left to be 'pro-life' and second, a desire to get the public to see unborn human life as a mere corn crop ripe for the harvest."Given the consequences, either motivation is contemptible beyond words.