Slaughter Statement on President Obama's Announcement on Stem Cell Research
Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY-28), Chair of the House Rules Committee, today issued the following statement in light of President Obama's decision to lift the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. A microbiologist with a Masters in Public Health, Rep. Slaughter has championed congressional efforts to fund stem cell research:
"Today President Obama ushers in a new era in science and medical research. By lifting the ban on federal funding for stem cells, President Obama is demonstrating his commitment to let scientists and doctors, not ideologues, guide potentially lifesaving advances in medicine.
For far too long, promising medical research has been put on hold. Stem cell research could provide the key to unlocking devastating medical mysteries from Alzheimer's to Parkinson's. At last, science can move forward. I commend President Obama for putting science at the forefront of his agenda."