Scientists and Even Some Republicans Urging Lifting of Stem Cell Restrictions

Obama has only been in office for one month and I know he has been busy, but perhaps he could take a few minutes and issue an executive order to overturn George Bush’s restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Scientists are eagerly awaiting this move. Even a group of moderate Republicans have written Obama requesting this.

There was speculation that Obama would issue an executive order overturning these restrictions upon taking office along with several other orders reversing policies of the Bush administration. Obama has said he would prefer to have this action taken by Congress.

I don’t really care whether Congress passes such legislation or Obama accomplishes this by executive order. If Congress was ready to act there would be no reason for an executive order. Sometimes when you want something done it is just easier and quicker to do it yourself. If Congress isn’t acting yet, there’s no reason for Obama to wait any longer to lift the restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.