U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) issued the following statement after President Obama signed an executive order directing the National Institutes of Health to revise guidelines for federally funded stem cell research:
"In her 50s, my mother had a massive stroke which ultimately lead to her death a few years later. While the stroke itself was traumatic enough for her, and my family, watching her struggle through the final years of her life is something that has stuck with me all these years later. With this ruling, I join the millions of Americans and their loved ones, who suffer with Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, strokes, Alzheimer's and other diseases, in experiencing a renewed sense of hope that one day, a potentially life-saving cure and life-altering treatments will be found to help those who are suffering. While scientists have been working in earnest under the prior restrictions, this new order will open up many new doors and help scientists pursue every available avenue. The National Institutes of Health will ensure that this research is conducted ethically and within the boundaries of the law. I applaud this decision and look forward to seeing what kind of treatments North Carolina's research and biotech industries will pursue in this area."