I posted previously about the US Conference of Catholic Bishop's statement on embryonic stem cells.
Because life is our first and most basic gift from an infinitely loving God, it deserves our utmost respect and protection. Direct attacks on innocent human life are always gravely wrong.
Yet some researchers, ethicists, and policy makers claim that we may directly kill innocent embryonic human beings as if they were mere objects of research—and even that we should make taxpayers complicit in such killing through use of public funds.
Senator Obama introduced legislation in the Illinois Senate to allow embryonic stem cell research, and cosponsored legislation in the U.S. Senate last year to allow greater federal funding on a wider array of stem cell lines.
This research must be conducted using the highest ethical standards, including only the use of embryos that would otherwise be discarded, and the written consent of donors. By hearing from all sides and engaging in vigorous debate, the Senate was able to pass this consensus stem cell research bill last year with broad bipartisan support.
He would make taxpayers complicit in the destruction of our most vulnerable population.John McCain says:
...the compassion to relieve suffering and to cure deadly disease cannot erode moral and ethical principles.McCain, however, does not seem to have a problem with using "leftover" abandoned embryos. If they've been ditched by Mom and Dad, researchers can do with them what they will.
For this reason, John McCain opposes the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes. To that end, Senator McCain voted to ban the practice of "fetal farming," making it a federal crime for researchers to use cells or fetal tissue from an embryo created for research purposes. Furthermore, he voted to ban attempts to use or obtain human cells gestated in animals. Finally, John McCain strongly opposes human cloning and voted to ban the practice, and any related experimentation, under federal law.
As president, John McCain will strongly support funding for promising research programs, including amniotic fluid and adult stem cell research and other types of scientific study that do not involve the use of human embryos.
I took the policy statements from each candidates own website. If someone has information that a candidate's actual position has changed, please let me know!