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Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005

Location: Washington, DC

STEM CELL THERAPEUTIC AND RESEARCH ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - May 24, 2005)

(Mr. PENCE asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me time. I commend the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. Smith) for his visionary legislation, the Stem Cell Research Act.

There is such enormous promise, Mr. Speaker, in adult stem cell research, the ethical research that has been under way for decades and has produced to date treatments to nearly 67 diseases including sickle cell, leukemia, osteoporosis, just to name a few.

Even last October, a Korean woman who had been paralyzed for 19 years took a few steps for reporters in Seoul with the aid of a walker and ethical adult cord blood stem cells injected into her spine.

I just spoke today to a young man in my congressional district who was injured last Saturday night and now faces a lifetime in a wheelchair. I can tell you, having spoken to his parents, I would do anything to help that brave young man out of that chair. I would do anything except fund the destruction of human embryos for research.

President Kennedy said: ``To lead is to choose'' and today Congress will choose and should choose to promote ethical healing by adopting the Stem Cell Research Act, to prevent the erosion of the principle that all human life, even embryonic human life, is sacred.

Say ``yes'' to ethical adult stem cell research and ``no'' to funding the destruction of human embryos for scientific advancement.


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