Joe Biden's Support for ESCR:
Biden was one of 58 senators who signed a letter to President Bush in 2004, asking him to expand ESCR to new lines. When the President did not act, he joined 62 other senators in voting on April 11, 2007, to support funding for additional lines, which would have meant the destruction of more embryos. President Bush vetoed the bill.
Barack Obama's Support for ESCR:
In 2004, however, as an Illinois state senator, he backed a state bill to allow ESCR on new lines (which would require the destruction of more embryos) in Illinois. And on April 11, 2007, he joined John McCain and Joe Biden in voting to expand federal funding for ESCR to new lines. As noted above, President Bush vetoed the bill.
The Obama-Biden Campaign's Issue Statement:
Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which would allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated (with consent) from in vitro fertilization clinics. These embryos must be deemed in excess and created based solely for the purpose of fertility treatment.
The Democratic Platform:
We will lift the current Administration's ban on using federal funding for embryonic stem cells–cells that would have otherwise have been discarded and lost forever–for research that could save lives.
A Catholic Evaluation of the Obama-Biden Position on ESCR:
As on the issue of abortion, Catholics cannot vote for any candidate who approves of ESCR on the basis of his support for ESCR. Under certain circumstance, they can vote for such a candidate if they themselves are opposed to ESCR, but only if there are sufficient reasons that outweigh the candidate's support for measures that are destructive of the Culture of Life—for instance, if all candidates for the same office support ESCR, or an opposing candidate is, on balance, more opposed to Church teaching on life issues.