James Dobson Wants McCain to Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research; Plans to Vote

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 31, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

James Dobson Wants McCain to Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research; Plans to Vote

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 31
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life leader James Dobson said on Monday that he plans to vote for president this November, but he declined to say whether he will support eventual Republican nominee John McCain. He also said he wished McCain would oppose embryonic stem cell research, saying he can’t be fully pro-life without doing so.

Dobson made the remarks during an interview with Sean Hannity of the Fox News Channel’s "Hannity and Colmes" on Sunday night.

His comments come after speculation Dobson would sit out the presidential race because he doesn’t like McCain or either of the pro-abortion Democrats, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

“Let me just say that I will certainly vote, Sean,” Dobson said.

“I think we have a God-given responsibility to vote, and there are all of the candidates and the issues down the ballot that we have an obligation to weigh in on and let our voices be heard," the pro-family advocate added.

Dobson, speaking for himself and not the Focus on the Family organization he founded, said he has problems with all three candidate but moreso with Obama and Clinton.

Regarding McCain, Dobson talked with Hannity about the Arizona’s senator’s previous remark on the FNC show that he would keep the pro-life platform in place.

“Did he give you a commitment about embryonic stem-cell research?” Dobson asked Hannity.

“We did not get that,” Hannity replied.

“But that’s an important one for me,” Dr. Dobson explained. “And you can’t really call yourself pro-life if you’re in favor of killing those babies.”

As LifeNews.com has reported, McCain has voted to require taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research, but pro-life advocates say they think he will keep an open mind about objections to it.

McCain also opposes the intentional creation and destruction of human life, the practice of fetal farming, and human cloning.

Dobson said he would not elaborate on how he will vote in November but added that he and his wife would continue to pray that God will bless the outcome.