Obama carefully said that the science is not tied to ideology, a common criticism of President George W. Bush, who implemented the funding restrictions.
His full remarks are after the jump, but here are the highlights:
But in recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values. In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering. I believe we have been given the capacity and will to pursue this research
Remarks of President Barack Obama