President Approves Stem Cell Research
President Obama signed, March 9, an Executive Order entitled “Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells.”
The order grants the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Director of National Institutes of Health (NIH), permission to support and conduct “responsible, scientifically worthy” human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research.
Obama’s order null and voids a statement released by former President George W. Bush on Aug. 9, 2001 and an Executive Order he released June 20, 2007, both limiting federal funding for stem cell research.
In a White House statement, Obama said the order “will bring the change that so many scientists and researchers; doctors and innovators; patients and loved ones have hoped for, and fought for, these past eight years.”
The statement goes on to say that scientists will be “vigorously” supported in their research. Obama, however, does not support human cloning.