STEM CELL RESEARCH -- (Senate - March 18, 2009)
Mr. KYL. Mr. President, in a recent column for the Washington Post, "Obama's `Science' Fiction,'' Charles Krauthammer exposes President Obama's efforts to destabilize the delicate balance between moral concerns over destroying embryonic stem cells and advancing medical research that can be universally accepted.
President Obama's recent decision to authorize expanded and seemingly unlimited Federal funding for stem cell research eviscerates the delicate balance forged by President Bush by forcing taxpayers to support embryonic creation and destruction. Mr. Krauthammer observed that some may ``favor moving that moral line to additionally permit the use of spare fertility clinic embryos,'' but ``President Obama replaced it with no line at all. He pointedly left open the creation of cloned and noncloned sperm-and-egg derived--human embryos solely for the purpose of dismemberment and use for parts.'' What is most concerning to me, and what Mr. Krauthammer succinctly exposes, is that President Obama's new embryonic stem cell policy is devoid of any ethical standards or guidelines. President Obama's decision makes the federal government the final arbiter in a moral argument that defies many Americans' core beliefs about the creation of life.
I ask unanimous consent that his column be printed in the Record and I urge my colleagues to consider his thoughtful views.
There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:
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