Obama called the debate “a false choice between sound science and moral values,” adding: “In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering.”
Obama directed the National Institutes of Health to set new research guidelines within 120 days.
Some Republicans — most notably Nancy Reagan — agree with him.
“I’m very grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research,” the former first lady said in a statement. “These new rules will now make it possible for scientists to move forward.”
Some on the religious right are making the Dr. Mengele comparison, but the difference between Obama and the Nazis is an obvious one: The Nazis were seeking to perfect the “Aryan race”—and Obama is seeking to alleviate human suffering.
Human suffering was not in the “equation” of Nazi doctors. It was a matter of indifference to them. With Obama, and the American medical researchers now free to engage in this research, alleviating human suffering is the point.