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Reagan's Bill

Tuesday, 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.