White House: President Bush Opposes Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Despite pressure from members of the Senate and Nancy Reagan, a White House spokesman says President Bush will not go back on his position against federal funding of any new embryonic stem cell research. "The president came up with a policy that will allow us to explore the promise of stem-cell research, and do so in a way that doesn't cross a certain moral threshold that he set," Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said in a White House briefing on Monday. McClellan said that President Bush still believed the policy he created in an August 2001 executive order is still the right one. "The president doesn't believe we should be creating life for the sole purpose of destroying life," McClellan explained. Some 58 members of the Senate -- including likely Democratic nominee John Kerry -- sent a letter to Bush one day before the death of President Ronald Reagan. They argued Bush's policy is impeding the progress of research. Bush's refesual to flip-flop on the issue drew praise from Gary Bauer, a former presidential candidate and president of Campaign for Working Families. "On this issue the best way for President Bush to honor Ronald Reagan is to not budge," Bauer said.