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Murray Disappointed by Bush Decision on Stem Cell Research

Aug 10 2001

Statement of U.S. Senator Patty Murray

Last evening, President Bush clearly acknowledged the benefits of stem cell research, but indicated that he will support only limited federal funding for this promising field. While I am glad that the President has moved away from what appeared to be his original position to block all federal funding, this step still falls short of what is needed to realize the full potential of stem cell research. This research is about improving medicine, and in many cases, saving lives.

As a cosponsor of the Stem Cell Research Act of 2001, I support providing federal funding to conduct research on embryonic stem cells derived only from embryos donated from in-vitro fertilization clinics. This legislation mandates that the bioethical guidelines, including informed consent and bans on using fetal tissue for profit, set forward by the National Institutes of Health will be implemented. Stem cell research offers real hope for patients across our country. We must not delay this hope by limiting the scope of this research.