Statement of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on embryonic stem cell research

Posted on July 29, 2005

I appreciate Senator Frist’s statement of conscience in support of stem cell research. This is an issue of conscience for each senator. I believe we need to do more because of the promise stem cell research has to save lives. That is why I have supported the House-passed legislation that allows federal funding of research on stem cells derived from excess embryos at fertility clinics that would otherwise be discarded. I am pro-life. I am opposed to human cloning. I will vote to criminalize human cloning. I support this additional stem cell research because of the promise of lifesaving treatments that may help cure juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s, spinal injury and other debilitating diseases.