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

Nancy Reagan praises Obama's stem cell policy change

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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.


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. American

    Nancy understands the importance of this critical research in regards to President Reagan (may he rest in peace). I pray it reveals many cures for us going forward.

    March 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. E

    I am thrilled that Nancy is speaking up for this, 8 years too late.
    I only wish her husband had done the same for AIDS, a word he never spoke while in office that perpetuated false myths and caused for delayed and reduced funding into the research that could have saved millions of lives.

    March 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. WI Cheesehead

    Nancy understands the differences between ideology and the realities of the day and the pragmatic decisions that have to be made. Having watched her husband suffer through his last years now makes more sense to her than anyone will ever be able to tell her otherwise and she knows the hope and promise these researches have.

    March 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. proud american

    Nancy Reagan has just offered more praise for Obama than a certain other former first lady has 😉

    March 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Fred

    Apparently some of you still despise Nancy, even after she supports something that you agree with. Perchance you're still upset about not taking her advice and saying "no" to drugs?

    March 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Seattleite

    Nancy walked in the shoes to live first hand with knowing what this desease is to the person and the family so is behind stem cell research so for the ones against it blowing their horns they should go work in one of these care facilities and see first hand then wise up .
    Its rather odd how they are so pro life yet when they voted for Bush/Cheney and untruths/lies starting this Iraq war they don't bat an eye to send thousands of our men and woman into this ungodly warto be killed and injured or the life of all the other people caused by the Bush/cheney war of lies.
    Life sure has lost its meaning whgen tghey reach draft age .

    March 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. I B Dave

    For quite a few years, we approached life with possibilities and dreamed of what could be in terms of life and science. The past eight years were limited to what was and what is. Finally, science can be separate from politics and religion. Maybe, just maybe, we can enter a new era of possibilities and to dream what science can do for all of humanity. That would be wonderful!

    March 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. andy

    hey Paul, the stem cells are going to be destroyed anyway. they are taken from invetro procedures. please get your facts straight

    March 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Cindy

    Kudos to Nancy Reagan and Meghan McCain. 2 Republican women strong enough to speak their mind, contrary to their Party line.

    March 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Obama

    Its about time!! I understand the controversy of it. But there can be ways to work around that where it wouldnt harm live fetuses. They have advanced so much without it so far.

    This can do so much and cure so many things!!

    March 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. I'm just sayin'...


    Wrong on both counts...

    First, private funding IS already going to stem cell research... And second, that is a ridiculous litmus test for viability in any case. Most major breakthroughs in science and technology have come initially from the public sector, and then taken by the private sector to make tons of cash. Now THAT's the American way... Socialize the losses and risk, and privatize the profits! YEE HAW!!!

    March 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. C.J. Williams

    I am a staunch DEMOCRAT, but I have always had great love and respect for Nancy Reagan!

    March 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. educated Ron

    Incredible. Obama is doing things that are are so simply common sense that its incredible. Millions of lives lost because of Bush. Thousands of solutions to diseases probably delayed 8 years.

    Was Bush really that un intelligent? I guess so.

    March 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Joan

    You can bet Mrs. Regan won't be apologizing to Rush for her opinions.

    March 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. markens

    religion barbaric. i don't believe in anything that i cannot see. i believe in science.

    March 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Highly Favored


    You are mis-informed. I'm not mad because a Republican is supporting a Democrat; my statement is that if Ronald Reagan was still alive with all of his faculties, Nancy Reagan would NOT be supporting this policy reversal. There would be no need because it does not IMPACT her world . . .!

    March 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Expat American

    Let's see Coulter and Rush attack the former First Lady over this.... Eureka! Maybe this is what it will take for moderate Republicans to banish those two fools for good from the GOP. – let Rush and Coulter start their own party. Call it the Party of ‘We’re millionaires who depend on poor whites for support”. Fingers crossed...

    Best Wishes, Mrs. First Lady.

    March 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Jay, Northern VA

    I am happy that Mrs. Reagan gave a strong voice to stem cell research. I know that she is speaking from her heart when she talks about life being short and that we owe this to our children to find cures using this technique. God bless you Mrs. Reagan for your support, please always keep this voice no matter who our president is.

    March 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. bill

    YOU GET THESE REPUBS STRAIGHT NANCY.and thanks for standing up for stem cell resurch.we need it.

    March 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. DrGonzo

    Thank you Mrs.Reagan for putting America before a Right Wing Agenda!
    A true Patriot that actually does put COUNTRY FIRST!
    There is hope for the GOP YET!

    March 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. New Day

    To all my republican friends: I agree with you. They are killing babies. Now lets round them up and make some disease-fighting baby goo. (tongue and cheek)

    Isnt it funny how the people that get offended about this are the same ones that complain about helping out families with foreclosed homes?

    How about fixing our problems first before you all pump out another 100 million kids into this planet. Aren't our resources limited enough? Dont believe me? Ask an economist what the baby boom has done to our country.

    March 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Kiddo

    Stem cell research is a good thing. We should have been researching over the last 7 1/2 years. Why weren't we? Oh, yeah, right. Bush and his anti-science policies.

    March 9, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Shooky

    Interesting, between this and the Meghan McCain article, the overwhelmingly liberal posters on are only able treat Republicans with a shred of humanity when they either bash or disagree with their party. On every other issue Nancy Reagan and Meghan McCain are just 2 more heartless, racist, homophobes that should leave the country.

    March 9, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. Brandan Rowe

    As important that religion can be, it should never be in conflict with science. This is a great innovation that will save millions of lives, which some or even most will be religious people.

    March 9, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Angie in Pa

    Well With Nancy Reagan And Megan Mccain Republicans should TAKE NOTE! Change your Idealogy ways!

    March 9, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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