by Steven Ertelt
November 13, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Michael J. Fox, the actor who was heavily criticized for his misleading television commercials, has now set his sights on President Bush. In comments on a television program over the weekend, Fox said he hopes the president will change his mind on forcing taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research.
"Now that the dust of the election is beginning to settle," Fox said he thanked candidates who were receptive to his message but indicated he is turning his attention to Bush.
"Diseases and disorders are a non-partisan issue that needs a bipartisan solution," he told the "Entertainment Tonight" program in an interview.
"When new and returning members of Congress arrive in Washington in 2007," Fox said, "I am hopeful that they and President Bush will look for opportunities to move beyond partisanship and serve all citizens."
A week before the elections, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow reiterated President Bush’s position against embryonic stem cell research and federal funding of it.
"What the President has said is that he does not believe that federal money ought to be used for embryonic stem cell research that requires the destruction of the human life," Snow said.
Advocates the grisly research, which has yet to help a single patient and still has major scientific hurdles to overcome, have said President Bush’s refusal to allow taxpayer funding for new embryonic stem cell research is hurting science.
However, the Bush administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on stem cell research, with most of the funding going to the use of adult stem cells, which are already treating patients with about 70 different diseases and conditions.
Most recently, the president awarded over $12 million in contracts to stem cell banks that store umbilical cord blood to obtain adult stem cells for research. The Department of Health and Human Services provided contracts for six institutions to expand their inventory and create a diverse national holding of cells.
Over the weekend, Fox raised $5 million for his Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at a Manhattan fundraiser with numerous members Hollywood elite.
Denis Leary, Sheryl Crow, Martin Scorsese, Muhammad Ali, Famke Janssen, Rob Thomas and Susan Sarandon joined Axel Rose, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, and others at the star-studded event.
Fox issued some post-election comments in an interview at the event.
"In the last week of the election, when people are chucking garbage around and it’s the most brutal part of the campaign, people were actually talking about stem cells," Fox told People Magazine about the elections.
"Whatever side they came down on was great by me, as long as they talked about it," he said.