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Senate to Tackle Embryonic Stem-Cell Research, Again

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

Nearly a year after Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist endorsed the expansion of federal funding for human embryonic stem-cell research, the Senate is taking up the issue again. CMC encourages the Senate to reject the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, which would funnel tax dollars to a form of research that is incompatible with a respect for human life.

To send an e-mail to your U.S. Senators, urging them not to provide more federal funds for this morally impermissible practice and encouraging them to vote for ethical alternatives, click here.

The House of Representatives last year passed its version of the bill, HR 810. The Senate version, S. 471, is sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter, R- Pa. Both bills are a bad idea and a waste of taxpayer resources.

Advocates of federal funding would have you believe there is only one form of stem-cell research, and that it is enormously promising. Both assertions are false. There are actually two types of stem cells:

  • Human embryonic stem-cell research necessarily involves the destruction of an embryo to further scientific goals. That simply shouldn’t be permitted in a civilized society. Human embryonic stem-cell research has not led to any proven therapies or treatments for human diseases.
  • By contrast, adult stem-cell research has shown enormous promise for researchers – more than 70 therapies to date. There is no reasonable ethical objection to adult stem-cell research because the cells are taken from a variety of sources, none of which destroy human life.

The bill the Senate will consider would greatly expand the federal funds spent on human embryonic stem-cell research. Currently, this practice is funded on a limited basis, using stem-cell lines that existed in 2001, when President Bush first permitted the funding.

Last week, Frist announced a deal that will permit a vote on the embryonic stem-cell bill and two related bills. One of the bills, S. 2754, sponsored by Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., would encourage ethical alternatives to human embryonic stem-cell research. A third bill, S. 3504, co-sponsored by Santorum and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, would prohibit growing human fetuses for the use of their body parts in scientific research.

It’s not known exactly when the votes will take place, but 60 votes will be required to pass the bills.

CMC urges its members to advocate with their U.S. Senators to defeat S. 471. To make your views known to your U.S. Senators in an e-mail, click here.


What do you think?  Post your comments below.


One Response to “Senate to Tackle Embryonic Stem-Cell Research, Again”

  1. I’m against embryonic stem cell research and, in my own small way, came up with an alternative idea: Dem Cell Research. Visit my store – – to see my designs that reflect this alternative. I think you’ll like ‘em.

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