President Gingrich Would Ban Stem Cell Research

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich may be resigned to losing today’s Florida’s primary, but that won’t stop the pandering.

Gingrich’s latest attempt to chum the conservative base over the weekend when he told churchgoers in Florida that as president he would ban all stem cell research because it is the “use of science to desensitize society over the killing of babies.”

This is a new low for Gingrich who had previously been a strong advocate of federal funding for scientific research. In 2001 it was his support that helped facilitate extending research on stem cells to those that were derived from human embryos left over from in vitro fertilization efforts. Now candidate Gingrich is questioning whether those embryos should be left over in fertility clinics to begin with.

“If you have in vitro fertilization you are creating life. And therefore we should look seriously at what should the rules be for clinics that do that because they’re creating life,” Gingrich said.

While this is a shameful retreat from reasonableness for Gingrich, his position comes as no surprise in 2012. Republicans have become the flat-earth party, rejecting science as the enemy of faith and refusing to support any policy that might challenge dogma. Any candidate that wants the Republican presidential nomination is going to need the hard right to get that nomination. In a time when technology is drastically changing the way we understand and interact with the world, and when research and investment into the public health sector can be the difference in finding the cure to Alzheimer’s or cancer, the “intellectual” of the Republican field wants to pull the plug in publicly funded research that creates jobs and can save lives all because christian conservatives insist on calling a dish of cells a baby. In 2012. Amazing.

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Lee Witton
3 years ago

Cheryl you are absolutely correct about stem research. A huge breakthrough just announced this morning is is helping repair the heart muscle through stem cells. Stem cell research is an integral part of finding cures for disabling diseases. How can any truly moral person believe something that is there and available for life-saving procedures should be banned. These far right religious need an island all their own. Maybe there is one they can share with Texas Republicans.

Cheryl L.
Cheryl L.3 years ago

Sandy E. ------ Stem cells can be obtained from cord blood, as far as I know. Perhaps you might want to study up on it. Every pregnant woman gets a brochure prior to giving birth, giving her the option to have her baby's cord blood stored in a "cord blood bank" in case it's needed in the future. This is why you Republicans need to let up on the info flowing from the scientists instead of suppressing the info the public has a right to know.

Cheryl L.
Cheryl L.3 years ago

Cute headline .... except WE, the people intend to BAN any such thing as a "President" Gingrich. Wishful thinking, Newtie.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.3 years ago

Maybe Newt SHOULD have taken a janitor job when he was in college, he obviously didn't make himself smarter by using the time to study.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley3 years ago

Another reason why Gingrich is an idiot.
Sandy E- Yes, we do need stem cell research. Look at all the illnesses that cannot be cured any other way. The research is giving people hope for a better life.

Your belief in God is admirable and your opinion.

There is more to stem cell research than just profit. Ask people like Michael J Fox amongst many, why stem cell research is so important. I want people to have a chance. It's my opinion. If you don't believe in it, then don't use it, but give those who are desperate for a cure to their illnesses a chance to get one.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm3 years ago

Well we learned two things today. Stem cells are babies and money is a MAN thing. I guess women don't make any money.

William Y.
William Y.3 years ago

@ Sandy E. Who said anything about killing babies, stem cells are not babies.

Miriam N.
Miriam N.3 years ago

"Retreat from reasonableness" is such a mild way of putting it. Hey everybody, is IDIOCY contagious? Is there a vaccine against becoming one ? Beware !

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson3 years ago

Stem cell research is not at all nessessary. We don't nned to kill babaies to help other recover from illness. God provided all that we need in herbs and other things. Just FYI God did not create MONEY. It;s a 'man' thing.

David G.
David Gardener3 years ago

Gingrich as Pres would be worse than Bush if that is possible.