That’s a headline running on Reuters right now. The story begins:
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, said on Thursday his administration’s new restrictions on stem cell research are aimed at heading off an “Orwellian” future.
The state’s Department of Public Health this week issued regulations banning the creation of embryos for research purposes.
Scientists say stem cell research could lead to breakthroughs in treatments for diseases including cancer. But the issue has become ethically and politically volatile because extracting the cells entails destruction of an embryo.
“I believe it crosses a very bright moral line to take sperm and eggs in the laboratory and start creating human life,” Romney told reporters. “It is Orwellian in its scope. In laboratories you could have trays of new embryos being created.”
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