Opposition in Wisconsin to the president's move today to remove restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. "President Obama is allowing his ideology to trump science," says Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life .
"When science is rapidly moving in a different direction, with the use of ethical iPS cells and adult stem cells, President Obama is turning back the clock, to spend our precious tax dollars on destroying living human embryos," says Lyons. "Every time an embryonic stem cell is retrieved, it is at the expense of a living human embryo." Lyons says scientists in Wisconsin and Japan are working on research with skin cells which don't involve the ending of embryonic life.
Lyons says her organization is not surprised by the president's actions . "We've been expecting this, we actually thought that it would have come sooner. It's sad that he's allowing his ideology – which does not allow for the protection of any human life that is essentially unborn human life – it will just not allow him to protect these individuals in any way, even when science is moving in different direction."