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Bachmann: Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Unnecessary and Unethical

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Bachmann: Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Unnecessary and Unethical

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (MN-06) today issued the following statement after President Obama issued an executive order to allow taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research:

"I am disappointed with the President's decision to use taxpayer funds to promote unnecessary and unethical scientific procedures. It is exciting to witness the discoveries that science has brought us, but science does not require us to enter this brave new world. In fact, science has given us options that permit progress with ethics.

"Not only is it immoral to destroy human embryos, but it is even worse to place women in a position where their health is at risk to do unethical research—especially in light of the recent discoveries that iPS, or adult stem cells, can reprogram cells without the use of potentially cancer-causing viruses. This is a marvelous breakthrough.

"I am thrilled with the advances that science has made. But in the process of protecting some lives, it is essential that we do not harm others, impact women's infertility, and endanger women's lives—all at the taxpayer's expense."

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