Statement Of Senator Lamar Alexander On Stem Cell Research

Posted on June 7, 2004

I believe it is time for President Bush to review and expand his policy that allows limited federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. I know the President would do this ethically and with proper controls. Since he authorized some funding three years ago, we have learned more about how this research might help millions of Americans with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis, Juvenile Diabetes, spinal injury and other diseases. If fertilized eggs which are developed to help couples have children are not used for research, they are likely discarded. Rather than throw them away, we should use more of them for research that might extend and save lives.