TRUE DEMOCRACY SUMMER 2001 TABLE OF CONTENTS
America's Concerns -- Stem Cell Research
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2001
Christopher Reeve Responds to President Bush's Decision on Federal Funding
for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
"President Bush's decision today to allow federal funding for human embryonic
stem cell research on a limited basis is a step in the right direction. However,
this political compromise may seriously hinder progress toward finding treatments
and cures for a wide variety of diseases and disorders that affect 100 million
"By allowing scientists access even to 60 existing stem cell lines, the
President is still limiting the pace and effectiveness of federally supported
research. Scientists may need to use an unknown number of cell lines and should
not be restricted to those that presently exist.
"Recent polls show that an overwhelming majority of Americans support research
within the guidelines of the National Institutes of Health adopted during
the Clinton Administration. Few issues enjoy broader bipartisan support in
Congress. The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation supports President Bush's
appointment of an advisory council on stem cell research and welcomes the
opportunity to serve on such a council.
"Because of the President's decision, it may now be up to Congress to enact
legislation that will enable scientists to fully explore the potential of
human embryonic stem cell research."