Nancy Reagan Lauds Obama on Stem-Cell Ban
Prez pays tribute to Chris, Dana Reeve in overturning ruling
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 2:18 PM CDT
President Barack Obama shakes hands with guests after signing an Executive Order on stem cells and a Presidential Memorandum on scientific integrity, Monday, March 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama lifted the Bush administration’s ban on stem-cell research today amid criticism from congressional Republicans but admiration from one Nancy Reagan, Politico reports. Lifting the ban “will now make it possible for scientists to move forward,” the former first lady said in a statement. “I urge researchers to do all they can to fulfill the promise that stem cell research offers."

Obama paid tribute to late actor Christopher Reeve, saying that the US should be thankful to Reeve for fighting for stem-cell research. Reeve and his late wife, Dana, established a foundation that funds research in spinal cord injuries. Obama said he wished the Reeves could’ve been at the White House today to see the ban overturned.