A "U" Turn

The former First Lady Nancy Reagan has come out in “support of Stem Cell Research”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12862-2004May9.html. This must be shocking to the Republican party.
bq. Former first lady Nancy Reagan endorsed stem cell research Saturday night and made an impassioned call for taking the controversial procedure out of the political arena, saying it could help cure illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, which afflicts her husband. Such research is generally opposed by political conservatives and many antiabortion groups, because it involves the destruction of days-old human embryos. President Bush signed an executive order in 2001 limiting research to existing embryonic stem cell lines.
When it affects someone you love so much, your ideology can take a “U” turn.
Scientists in United States are falling behind researchers in other countries as they cannot use Federal money to study certain stem cells. But states like California and New Jersey have passed laws encouraging stem-cell research.