Reagan's Bill

Written by Marty on May 24th, 2005

    In the advent of today fertility clinics there are a great deal of extra embryos which often find their way to the trash. Embryonic stem cells, created in the earliest days of fetal development, can develop into any part of the body, which scientists believe gives them unique potential in repairing devastating injuries and curing diseases like cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, ALS and Alzheimer’s. The cells are usually taken from unused fertilized embryos from fertility clinics. When couples decided to dispose of their excess embryos — they are either discarded as medical waste or donated for research. H.R. 810; (which we will call the Reagan Bill) would allow federal funding of stem cell research using human embryos donated by fertility clinics that would otherwise discard.

Stem Cell Bill Co-Authors Respond to Bush Veto Threat U.S. Representatives Mike Castle (R-DE) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), co-authors of H.R. 810 the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, released the following statements regarding President George W. Bush’s remarks today on stem cell research: Read more


The vast majority of Americans, pro-life and pro-choice, support this research. Recent polls have shown that 60 to 70 percent of Americans support this research. And that's why many pro-life members of the House, Democrats and Republicans, intend to vote for this bill tomorrow.  PBS Newshour


    The question should be asked why the Republican leadership is opposed to the Reagan Bill? Seeing that the embryos will be destroyed without their objections, one would think that the White House would prefer that they were used to save lives.



9 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    The embryonic stem-cell bill is winning in congress, but Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., has threatened to filibuster the measure if it does come to a vote. This is one of the Senators who said he would have voted for the

  2. Anonymous says:

    Even Republicans are for this bill. It is in fact as pro-life as you can get! It is just silly to call these cells that aren't really an embryo yet life. When are we going to start saying lives instead of killing all hope of it?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wait a minute, isn't an embryo just an unborn baby?

  4. Anonymous says:

    NO, and that isn't even an embryo. Think of it as a preembryo.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Some times Matt, I just don't know what makes these people tick.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Right; this is only a group of cells that has been frozen and will be flushed down the toilet. Even anti-abortion Republicans are for the RB, what gets me are the ones who don't want to have them used to save lives but at the same time say nothing about all of them being destroyed. Like I said many Republicans are braking with the President on this on.

    Sen. Arlen Specter, newly bald from chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin's disease, held himself up on Wednesday as Exhibit A for the possible benefits of embryonic stem cell research.

    A day after the House voted to overturn President Bush's prohibition on federal funding for research using cells from human embryos fertilized after 2001, Specter said similar action by the Senate would give hope to himself and others with Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and cancer. Link

    If this can save so many lives, why wouldn't a so-called pro-life president be for it?

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  8. Anonymous says:

    A thousand words in one picture.

  9. Anonymous says:

       What I find to be hypocritical is that they are only pro-life in certain incidences. When it comes to providing for the needs of the poor to live, feeding those children, or making health care available to all they are opposed to it. Many believe that such a thing as a stem cell is not yet life, but clearly the others are.

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