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Preserving Life While Advancing Science

Location: Washington, DC

Preserving Life While Advancing Science
May 24, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative John Boehner (OH-8) today released the following statements on the stem cell debates ongoing in Congress:

"Science has a lot to gain from stem cell research and I fully support the use of adult stem cells in the pursuit of medical advancements.

"The good news is, there already exists a huge untapped supply of adult stem cells: umbilical cords. Hospitals currently throw away millions of umbilical cords every year. 'Cord' stem cells have been used to treat thousands of patients with more than 67 diseases, including Leukemia, Sickle Cell Anemia and Hurler disease. In addition, published studies have shown that cord blood stem cells have the capacity to change into other cell types, which give them the potential to treat many fatal, terminal, and debilitating conditions, including spinal cord injury, Parkinson's, diabetes, and heart disease.

"I support The Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act which encourages the use of adult stem cells, and provides $79 million over 5 years for the advancement of research."

Boehner also released the following statement on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act:

"While there is no prohibition on private labs conducting research on embryonic stem cells, I do not support using tax dollars to harvest and destroy human embryos. Taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for the destruction of human life."

Boehner represents Ohio's Eighth Congressional District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.

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