ALEXANDER STATEMENT ON STEM CELL LEGISLATION

Posted on April 11, 2007

“As I did last year, I voted to increase under carefully controlled conditions the number of embryonic stem cell lines that President Bush has already authorized for research. I did so because this research has such enormous promise for life saving treatments that may help cure juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s, spinal injury and other debilitating conditions. Specifically, I voted for legislation that expands federal funding of research on stem cells derived from fertilized eggs that would otherwise be discarded at fertility clinics. “I also voted for Sen. Isakson's legislation which makes clear that new stem cell lines may be created from fertilized eggs that have stopped dividing, and which also proposes to create an amniotic and placental stem cell bank.”