May 24, 2017

NIH deserves a pro-life director, say lawmakers

National Institutes of Health
NIH is currently headed by Dr. Francis Collins, who was appointed to the post by former President Barack Obama in 2009. Now, 41 self-described "staunchly pro-life" members of Congress have signed off on a letter to President Trump calling for Collins – a professed Christian – to be replaced because of his stance on certain life issues.

"... [The] stances that Dr. Collins has taken in the past, regarding embryonic stem-cell research and human cloning, are not life-affirming and directly conflict with the pro-life direction of your new presidency," states the May 22 letter to the president. "It is because of this troubling paradox that we ask you to re-consider his leadership role at NIH."

Mostly under Collins' leadership, more than a billion federal tax dollars so far have been used for embryonic stem cell research – with no documented treatments or cures for medical conditions. At the same time, Prentice points out, Collins has largely ignored adult stem-cell research, which has successfully treated over a million and a half people for various conditions.

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