The overturning of Bush era stem cell legislation has sparked religious debate on the issue.
Wired PR News.com – President Barack Obama signed legislation Monday to allow for more federally funded embryonic stem cell research. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the move has again sparked debate between religious and other interest groups regarding the issue.
Cardinal Justin Rigali of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities is quoted as stating of Obama’s order, “This action is morally wrong because it encourages the destruction of innocent human life, treating vulnerable human beings as mere products to be harvested.”
Holding a different view, Reverend Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, a Chicago Theological Seminary professor is quoted as stating, “There is an ethical imperative to relieve suffering and promote healing… This is good policy for a religiously pluralistic society that cares about human suffering and the relief of human suffering.”
Obama is further quoted as remarking in his announcement of the measure, “As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering. I believe we have been given the capacity and will to pursue this research and the humanity and conscience to do so responsibly.”