March 9th, 2009
12:39 PM ET
11 years ago

Nancy Reagan praises Obama's stem cell policy change

The former first lady said Monday that many people stand to benefit from the answers stem cell research can provide.

The former first lady said Monday that many people stand to benefit from the answers stem cell research can provide.

(CNN) - Former first lady Nancy Reagan issued a statement Monday praising the president's change to federal policy on funding embryonic stem cell research.

Read Reagan's statement after the jump.


STATEMENT BY NANCY REAGAN ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING STEM CELL RESEARCH

I’m very grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. These new rules will now make it possible for scientists to move forward. I urge researchers to make use of the opportunities that are available to them, and to do all they can to fulfill the promise that stem cell research offers.

Countless people, suffering from many different diseases, stand to benefit from the answers stem cell research can provide. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to do everything in our power to find cures for these diseases – and soon. As I’ve said before, time is short, and life is precious.

soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Scott

    There IS intelligent life amongst the Republican party!

    March 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Had It

    It appears "The Shrub Stood Alone"

    March 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. michal

    Hats off to Nancy, a republican with the courage to speak up despite the party's position.

    March 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. geecee

    Nancy Regan has been in favor of stem cell research for a long time. I am glad to see she has lived long enough to get her wish. Let's hope this act will enrich and prolong the lives of many people suffering from a myriad of illnesses that can be helped by stem cell research.

    March 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Paul, Riverside CA

    HA!

    To all those die-hard Reaganites, next time you think of the liberals and their so-called destruction of life just remember the sweet words of one of this countries greatest first ladies on this countries stem cell policy.

    March 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. John

    Why do Republicans only support democratic issues when it involves themselves or the well-being of their family?

    March 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Curious as to how the hard core right will respond to this. Dare you drag Nancy Reagan's name through the mud?

    March 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Steph

    Wow! What a powerful statement. Thank you Mrs. Reagan for supporting a very worthy cause.

    March 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    I'm not a fan of President Obama, but I do give him credit for this. The Bush policy on stem cell reseach was absurd.

    March 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Marilyn

    Mrs. Reagan... Americans will always hold a special place in there hearts for you!!

    March 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Scott the Independent

    Well I guess this leaves the GOP lock lipped. If they now come down on the President then they come down on the widow of their beloved spiritual leader Ronald Regan. Opportunity missed.

    March 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. mEDICINE

    Rock on Nancy!
    Way to represent.

    March 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Scott, Tucson

    Looks like we will be wasting more tax dollars down the road here, so much for budget restraint on Obama's part.

    March 9, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Pete Nuffer

    A resounding victory for common sense occured today, and both sides of the isle should be thrilled at the advancement of science over backwards ideologies with little cohesion or relation to reality.

    March 9, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Melissa

    How interesting... a Republican praising a Democrats choice on Stem Cell Research. The very last thing I expected to see. Good for her.

    March 9, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Frank

    Great Job President Obama Change change change

    March 9, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. liz

    Thank You Nancy. I disagree with most of what your husband did politically, but as the granddaughter of an alzheimer's sufferer I am thrilled to see science trumping religious hypocrisy.

    March 9, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. EBJ

    I guess now Mrs. Reagan isn't welcome to any "Focus on the Family" functions anymore.

    March 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Ryan

    Thank you Nancy. I hope you don't have to apologize to Rush Limbaugh for this though.

    March 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. joey from sd

    About time we have a president who cares about our people and not about some book known as "the idiots guide to life". About time our disabled have a fighting chance at a normal life. Women are going to get abortions regardless of stem cell research, why not use these cells for the good of mankind? Better than them just getting tossed in a biohazard trash can.

    And all of a sudden Nancy regan cares about the disabled? Certainly didn't bother her when reagen threw all of the mentally ill people on the street.

    March 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. JT

    God bless you Nancy Reagan

    March 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. carlo

    John March 9th, 2009 12:49 pm ET

    Why do Republicans only support democratic issues when it involves themselves or the well-being of their family?
    ****************************************************************************
    Unfortunately, its a party trait. The same thing happened with the drug wars, AIDS, and the same thing will happen when they start losing their jobs, their homes, and their money.

    March 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. R in Maine

    If you are looking for false issues, you really have one here. Medical research is not a moral issue. Bush threw it to the born-again fascists to buy some influence. This is not a distraction, it is the main event, and the republicans are block voting the financial bills in order to distract us from what really matters.

    March 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. obama-mama

    Meghan McCain and Nancy Reagan are a rare find. Kudos to them

    March 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. James Hastlow

    Oh, man!! What will rush say now!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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