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DeMint Statement on President's Use of Taxpayer Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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Location: Washington, DC

DeMint Statement on President's Use of Taxpayer Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's decision to allow taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research that promotes the destruction of human life.

"Today's decision by President Obama is the latest in a troubling series of actions from the White House that undermine the dignity of human life," said Senator DeMint. "The president's policy, which will force taxpayer funding to promote the destruction innocent human life, is wrong no matter how noble the scientific goals. America's culture of life depends on clear moral and ethical guidelines that protect human dignity at every stage of life. But today's decision sends the exact opposite message - that America is willing to kill innocent human life for unproven scientific goals. In President Obama's calculations, when does the dignity of human life override scientific goals? If embryonic human life is too young to protect, is it possible for a man or woman to become too old to protect?"

"Most concerning to millions of Americans is that instead of focusing on the economy, the president seems far more focused on rushing through a radical cultural agenda that was not a feature of his campaign for president. In a few weeks he has forced through taxpayer funding of abortions overseas, weakened conscience protections for doctors that morally oppose performing abortions, and nominated a radical pro-abortion politician to oversee the Department of Health and Human Services. He promised to heal partisan divides and reduce abortions, but in little more than a month, the president has instead reignited the culture wars by pushing to overturn decades of bipartisan progress in protecting life."

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