With regards to obesity, you point out that it is a scientific fact that obesity leads to health problems. That is all well and good, but my point was that who are *you* to *judge* others for their life choices? Smoking is also extremely unhealthy, but I don't go around pointing fingers at and chastising people for choosing to smoke. It is not your place to tell people what they should and should not do with their own body. Yes, people should be made aware of the consequences of their choices, but discriminating against them for making life choices that you find unsavoury is not acceptable.
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In case you can't tell, this is supposed to be a puzzled-looking face with arms upraised in a questioning gesture.
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The truth is, Bush didn't ban stem cell research. Bush didn't even ban embryonic stem cell research. He only banned federal level funding for it. The States and the private sector were free to do as they pleased.
Not so much. Almost all research institutes that would deal with stem cell research receive federal funds. Banning federal level funding for stem cell research has the effect that any equipment bought with federal funds are not to be used with stem cell research. Most labs are stocked with equipment that have, at least partially, been bought with federal funds. As such, federal funding acts as a blight that infects everything it touches with the inability to be used in embryonic stem cell research. If you want to do embryonic stem cell research, you have to buy an entire new lab full of equipment paid for by anyone but the government. As such the federal funding ban for embryonic stem cell research essentially stopped embryonic stem cell research in the United States.