He claims he's returning science to it's rightful place in the arena of embryonic stem cell research according to an AP news story.
"Our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values," Obama declared as he signed documents changing U.S. science policy and removing what some researchers have said were shackles on their work.
"It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda - and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology," Obama said.
In fact, the exact opposite is happening. Obama is using ideology to distort science and ethics. Science demonstrates that human life begins at conception and despite this fact President Obama says it's OK to perform medical experiments on innocent human life.
Science is also showing ways to use adult stem cell research to provide over 70 treatments for various diseases and conditions. And it's created a way to derive embryonic-like stem cells from adult stem cells. Both of these approaches avoid the ethical issues arising from the performing of experiments on innocent human beings. Of course, this is all ignored in the drive to use innocent human life as a means.
Of course, the extrapolation of this ideology was expressed in the human experiments performed by the Nazis during World War II. Of course, they would have argued they were merely trying to make medical advances.
Ideas do have consequences and dangerously so when ideology trumps ethics.