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Stem Cell Bill Passes Congress, Awaits President's Veto

Adult stem cell therapy already curing illnesses


WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 passed the House with a strong bipartisan vote of 247 to 176 yesterday, and will be sent to the President for his signature.

Speaking in favor of the measure, Pelosi said, "According to scientists, including many Nobel Laureates, embryonic stem cell research could unlock the doors to treatments and cures to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, and many, many more diseases. If we have a scientific opportunity to treat and cure disease, we have a moral responsibility to support it.

"Through stem cell research, this bill has the potential to bring hope and health to millions. I hope the President will sign it.

However, others oppose the destruction of human life for medical research.

Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, issued the following statement:

"Once again, the Democrat led House of Representatives approved legislation to force U.S. taxpayers to fund research that requires the destruction of human embryos, and diverts precious funding away from stem cell research that is treating patients now.

"Since January, when the House passed a similar bill, adult stem cells have been used to treat diabetes patients. S. 5 would do nothing to help Americans suffering from diabetes or any other disease and crosses an important ethical line.

"I applaud those who voted against this bill and trust that the President will veto it once again. We need to put patients over politics."

Adult stem cell research, which does not involve the destruction of human embryos, has already provided cures for blindness, heart valve replacement, heart damage, spinal cord injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, lupus, diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, cerebral palsy, leukemia and many other ailments.

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