Snowe Lauds President's Decision to Lift Ban on Stem Cell Research
Today, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order to lift the restriction on the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. In response, U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) released the following statement:
"Today, President Obama gave great hope to millions of Americans who suffer from a multitude of devastating diseases that have shown such great promise of being alleviated or cured through advanced stem cell research. The American people overwhelmingly support the expansion of federal funding for stem cell research that adheres to strict ethical standards and guidelines, and I commend President Obama for heeding our call for action and easing restrictions on the advancement of this critical research. We have an opportunity and an obligation to invest in the health of future generations and ease the pain of those suffering today by expanding the resources available for ethical medical research."
Senator Snowe has been a longtime advocate to permit federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and was an original cosponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which passed the Senate last Congress.