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Laffey Should Heed Advice of Nancy Reagan - No Time to Lose on Stem Cell Research

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Laffey should heed advice of Nancy Reagan - No time to lose on Stem Cell Research

"I just don't see how we can turn our backs on this…we have lost so much time already. I just really can't bear to lose any more."- Fmr. First Lady Nancy Reagan

August 1, 2006 - Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who recently lost her husband, the late President Ronald Reagan, to Alzheimer's, has called publicly for expanding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Mrs. Reagan has stated "I just don't see how we can turn our backs on this…we have lost so much time already. I just really can't bear to lose any more."

Steve Laffey disagrees with Mrs. Reagan. In a Providence Journal interview, Steve Laffey continued to refuse to take Mrs. Reagan's advice and offer hope to the roughly 100 million Americans suffering from debilitating diseases by supporting embryonic stem cell research. Although he has implied that he has moral objections to the issue of embryonic stem cell research, Mr. Laffey did invest in Geron Corporation, a company that that develops and commercializes cell-based therapies derived from its human embryonic stem cell platform.

"Steve Laffey should heed the advice of Nancy Reagan and stop ducking the issue of embryonic stem cell research," said U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee. "Mrs. Reagan is right - this has the potential to cure so many diseases if our country puts its resources behind the scientists at the forefront of this groundbreaking research.

"Laffey has said he is from the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan. It is becoming more and more obvious that Laffey is ideologically aligned with Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Alan Keyes."

"It is all well and good for Mr. Laffey to profit financially from embryonic stem cell research, but he should not stand in the way of progress and crush the hopes of families. He should heed Nancy Reagan's advice. There is no time to waste."

http://www.chafeeforsenate.com/vw_news.aspx?id=317

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