As President Obama plans to lift the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:
"Stem cell research holds the promise to cure some of humanity's oldest and deadliest diseases.
"There is no greater heartbreak than watching a family member or a loved one suffer from a disease like Parkinson's or Juvenile Diabetes, knowing that there is research out there that can one day provide a cure.
"I know there are medical institutions and experts across New York that have been waiting for this change and will benefit from the flow of federal dollars. I applaud President Obama for delivering swift action on this and I look forward to working with his administration to invest in life-saving research."
While in Congress, Senator Gillibrand voted to repeal President Bush's ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.