I'm against government funding of embryonic stem cell research. It is wrong, and I think it is dangerous. God didn't intend for us to meddle in our mortality like this. But P.J. O'Rourke has made a beautiful argument against it here. He has cancer...if anyone could "justify" this, he could. But he doesn't. Read it. Obama is wrong, dangerously so, and unfortunately the "least of these" will be the ones to pay for his ignorance.
I didn't give up anything for Lent, but I tried to take on a Lenten discipline of reading a book. So for me it is Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton. I'm only a little into it, but so far it is excellent. I'll share more later, but I'd encourage you to pick it up.