Monday, October 04, 2004

Michael J. Fox on Stem Cell Research

Today, Michael J. Fox stood up and courageously spoke up that "George Bush's decision has dramatically reduced the chances for finding a cure for Alzheimers, for Parkinsons, for various kinds of cancersfor so many terrible diseases." Yet the Bush Administration continues to deny that there is any issue with their policy. As Fox said: "he so restricted the stem cell lines available to us that it was kind of like he gave us a car and no gas and he congratulated himself on giving us the car and we sat there and we sit there still"

The fact is that George W. Bush has put his ideological agenda ahead of the interests of the American people by placing a ban on embryonic stem cell research. His ban has prevented the use of 99.999 percent of potential stem cells from being used, standing in the way of possible cures and therapies. This research is supported by a broad coalition, including Orrin Hatch, John McCain and Nancy and Ron Reagan. It is time to put politics aside and allow our researchers to do their crucial work..."

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