Skip to comments.Bill Boosting Stem-Cell Research to Be Signed (CA -Frankenstein Alert)
Posted on 09/22/2002 3:53:23 PM PDT by Aunt Polgara
SACRAMENTO -- In a symbolic challenge to Bush administration efforts to restrict stem-cell research, Gov. Gray Davis today will sign legislation aimed at positioning California at the forefront of the controversial and potentially revolutionary biomedical field, state officials said.
Senate Bill 253, by Sen. Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento), creates a review process for stem-cell research and paves the way for the state government to shift some of its millions of dollars in biomedical research funds to the emerging stem-cell field, government and private health experts said.
Scientists and representatives of California's multibillion-dollar biomedical industry say the measure is a badly needed boost for stem-cell research, which has sparked a divisive political and ethical debate nationwide.
"Stem-cell research is responsible research that could potentially save millions of lives," Davis said in a written statement. "I am determined to keep California at the forefront of medical research and scientific innovation."
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GOVERNOR DAVIS SIGNS LANDMARK LEGISLATION APPROVING STEM CELL RESEARCH 09/22/2002Stem cell research is a serious evil that many people just don't understand. Harvesting embryos, experimenting on them, killing them ... when will it stop? Will they find out that it's better to have 9-month aborted fetuses, and pay women to wait to abort so they can have the choice experimental medium? Or killing old people before they naturally die to experiment to find cures?
Joined by actor Christopher Reeve and several of California's leading biotech researchers, Governor Gray Davis today signed landmark legislation designed to promote stem cell research in California.
SB 253, by Senator Deborah V. Ortiz (D-Sacramento), authorizes stem cell research from any source, including human embryonic stem cells, that is reviewed by an approved institutional review board. The new law also will facilitate the voluntary donation of embryos for stem cell research.
The new law also will require that individuals receiving infertility treatments be provided information regarding the disposition of an embryo, including the possibility of donating embryos for research and requires written consent for embryos donated for research. In addition, the bill would prohibit the sale of embryos.
It is sad -- and it is life -- that people get diseases, some of them incurable, and their life isn't what they imagined. They suffer, they are in pain, they feel that they are a burden. I believe in medical research. I just don't believe that we should kill any living human to make another living human's life better.
This is another major difference between Gray Davis and Bill Simon.
Depends on who you're talking to, I guess.
Just as one man's mountain is another man's molehill, one man's human life is another man's clump of cells.