Boswell Speaks on House Floor in Support of President Obama's Executive Order on Stem Cell Research
Today, Congressman Leonard Boswell gave the following remarks on the House Floor in support of President Obama Executive Order Repealing a Bush Policy that limited federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research:
"I rise today to commend President Obama for overturning former President Bush's ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Lifting this eight year old restriction provides hope for doctors, scientists and those in my district who have waited far too long for research that may provide them with cures for diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's, and multiple sclerosis.
Just this weekend I met with a young girl I have grown to know very well, Karli Borcherding, who lives with juvenile diabetes and has done a great service to so many by sharing her story and educating countless Americans on this life altering illness.
Each time I meet with her, she reminds me of the hope stem cell research holds for not just her, but children like her who live with this disease.
Stem cell research has the potential to revolutionize the way patients are treated. We must utilize the best minds and the best science to find cures for people living with chronic diseases.
Our ability to utilize and encourage scientific medical research has been put on hold for too long.
I am confident that President Obama will continue to work to enhance medical research and bring renewed hope to those who deserve access to the best medicine possible."