Rep. Cardin Highlights Strong Support for Stem Cell Research
At a roundtable discussion with researchers and patients at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute's Columbus Center today, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) highlighted his strong support for advancing stem cell research. The roundtable event came one day after Rep. Cardin released a new ad featuring actor Michael J. Fox, who endorses Cardin because of his support for expanding live-saving research.
Rep. Cardin believes America has a moral responsibility to promote embryonic stem cell research.
"I believe stem cell research offers the potential to save millions of lives," said Rep. Cardin. "We must expand medical research and seek out life-saving cures, not close off avenues of scientific exploration."
Leaders in Maryland's stem cell research community came together at today's roundtable to discuss the importance of federal funding for stem cell research and support for Rep. Cardin because of his strong stand for expanding this research.
"Stem cell research is tremendously important in the cancers I treat and in many other diseases. It's some of the exciting research in science today. Closing the door on this makes no senseour government should be trying to open it as wide as possible," said Dr. Curt Civin, the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University stem cell researcher. "Ben Cardin has consistently fought to expand support for stem cell research, while Michael Steele has staunchly opposed it. That's why it's so important to have Ben Cardin in the Senate."
Other scientists said that federal funding is the next step to finding cures for many debilitating diseases. "It's wonderful that Maryland has passed the Maryland Stem Cell Research Act of 2006, but its extremely important that funding for this life-saving research be expanded at the federal level," said John Kellermann, a Parkinson's sufferer who sits on the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission. "Michael Steele opposes embryonic stem cell research, Ben Cardin strongly supports it, and for that reason, I support Ben Cardin for the U.S. Senate."
Rep. Cardin and Lt. Gov. Steele (R-MD) have clear differences in their positions on the advancement of stem cell research. Rep. Cardin strongly supports embryonic stem cell research and voted to override President Bush's veto of the stem cell bill [HR. 810] that would have increased the number of embryonic stem cell lines eligible for federal funded research. Lt. Gov. Steele opposes embryonic stem cell research and even likened it to Nazi medical experiments. He supported President Bush's veto of the stem cell bill.