Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Stem Cell Research Legislation
"Today marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, by the House of Representatives. Despite significant bipartisan support for this legislation, Senator Frist and the Republican leadership have refused to allow this bill to come to a vote on the Senate floor. On today's anniversary, I urge Senator Frist to bring H.R. 810 for a vote on the Senate floor without any additional delay.
I am a cosponsor of S. 471, the Senate version of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. Both of these bills would remove restrictions on federally funded stem cell research by allowing couples to voluntarily donate embryos created for the purpose of fertility treatment to researchers. If these embryos were not donated for research, they would otherwise be discarded, but this legislation would allow them to be used to engage in critically important medical research.
Stem cell research holds promise for millions of Americans with diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, spinal cord injuries, and other conditions. Many New Yorkers affected by these disorders have shared with me the hope that stem cell research brings to them, their families, and their friends. By restricting federal funding for this type of research, we are limiting the ability of our scientists to aggressively pursue avenues that could lead to cures for many chronic, debilitating, and ultimately fatal diseases. We cannot afford any additional delay in carrying out research that has the potential to save millions of lives.
Our country is the world's leader in medical research. It is critical that we increase federal support for stem cell research in order to maintain the ability of our nation's scientists to remain at the forefront of biomedical discoveries, and attract and retain top-notch scientific talent to its laboratories.
I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that H.R. 810 receives full consideration by the Senate, and that the promise of embryonic stem cell research can be fully realized."