Kerry on Obama Stem Cell Decision
"An Overdue, Much Needed Step in the Right Direction for Ethical Research"
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today applauded President Obama's decision to reverse a 2001 Bush Administration policy that put federal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. During the 110th Congress, Kerry was an original cosponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (S. 5) which amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from a human embryo. This legislation passed the Congress but was vetoed by President George W. Bush in June 2007.
"Today's announcement is a long time in coming," said Kerry. "Finally an American President has reaffirmed our country's commitment to potentially lifesaving, ethical stem cell research. For the past eight years, not only has scientific progress been restricted, but the best hopes for a dialogue that finds common ground have been diminished. I commend President Obama for no longer allowing politics to get in the way of promising work on spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases affecting millions of Americans, and for an approach that restores the promise of ethically-guided research in the best American tradition."