Thursday, August 28, 2008

Republicans Appear Still to Oppose Stem Cell Research

According to Bloomberg news,
Like the 2004 (Republican national platform), this year's text opposes the use of embryonic stem cells for medical research. McCain supports such research and has said he would reverse Bush's ban on federal funding to develop treatments using embryonic stem cells......

The platform committee was unwilling to compromise on its abortion plank to accommodate McCain's views on the issue.

As a senator and presidential candidate, the Arizona Republican has said he opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest and threats to the life of the mother. For more than two decades the Republican Party has taken a harder line that would ban abortion with no exceptions.
The platform has not yet been approved by the Convention, so there is still hope that a more reasonable and responsible position may be adopted.

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