U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement opposing President Obama's Executive Order allowing federal funding of stem cell research.
"I understand and appreciate the seriousness of the embryonic stem cell debate and how people of good will and motives may disagree. But I do not believe it is acceptable to use taxpayer dollars to condone the destruction of viable human embryos, the early stage of all human life, for research purposes. I have serious reservations about the decision made by President Obama today. There are other promising alternatives available which involve adult stem cells and the ability to transform them so they have the properties of embryonic cells. I support those research efforts."