Playing Politics With the Sick

Washington Post, October 8, 2004.


Stem cell research is again a hot political issue. Scientists, biotech companies and patients’ groups continue their public relations campaign to force President Bush to change his funding policy. On Monday Sen. John Kerry accused the president of “sacrificing science for ideology and playing politics with people who need cures,” adding that treatments “could be right at our fingertips” were it not for “the stem cell ban.”

Sadly, this rhetoric utterly distorts the president’s policy, ignores the weighty moral issues involved and seeks electoral advantage by cruelly exploiting the hopes of patients and their families. We need to set the record straight.

Washington Post