BONO CONTINUES HER SUPPORT FOR STEM CELL RESEARCH
A staunch advocate of stem cell research and co-sponsor of H.R. 3, a bill that will amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research, Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45) today voted in support of the Stem Research Enhancement Act of 2007.
The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 passed the House with a vote of 253 to 174.
"Time is a precious commodity and, to those family members who have a loved one who could benefit from embryonic stem cell research, far too much has been lost already," said Bono. "It is not our role in Congress to dictate science, to pick and choose what deserves to be studied and which potential cures deserve to be explored. Stem cell research has the potential to enhance the ability of medical scientists to improve the lives of millions; which could include the development of life-saving treatments for those persons suffering from Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Diabetes and other numerous diseases and physical ailments."
The legislation will require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct and support ethical research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells; and limits such research to stem cells that were derived from human embryos donated from in vitro fertilization clinics for the purpose of fertility treatment and were in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such treatment. Additionally, the bill articulates that those embryos, which were never implanted in a woman during fertility treatment and would otherwise be discarded, can be donated with written informed consent; and receive no financial or other inducements.
"Despite recent scientific reports having found that some stem cells in human amniotic fluid share many of the key benefits of embryonic stem cells, this should not serve as a replacement for the study of embryonic stem cells; but rather serve as an additional component in the critical studies currently being done to uncover therapeutic treatments for those suffering from debilitating disease," stated Bono. "Congress has an inherent duty to seek out avenues that will improve and benefit our quality of life; and I believe this legislation upholds that commitment."