Personally, I have an ethical issue with their support of fetal stem cell research. I’d supported them for many years in various ways, but was forced to re-examine that when they began to support this My reservations are based purely on personal religious grounds, and I don’t begrudge those who do not share my concerns. Even if that research leads to a cure for Type I (which I have) I could not in good conscience avail myself of that opportunity to rid myself or my family of the misery of this disease.
The cynics will say that is stupid of me, or selfish, etc. My family and I are comfortable with that decision. In fact, I had the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial of islet cells which could have cured me, but I chose not to since some of the research done by the institution involved in the study involved fetal stem cells.
One thing about their direction is just that this issue seems to be one of their primary focuses. Using a market based approach to the issue, if this were as promising as advertised, then private companies would be working on it hammer and tong. Government funding should not be necessary to the vitality of an issue that impacts millions since a private sector cost benefit analysis would motivate robust research.