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bullet2007-JAN-12: U.S.: Embryonic stem cell research bill passes House: By a vote of 253 to 174, the House passed a bill that would allow federal funding of embryonic research on spare embryos abandoned in fertility clinics. It now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass. It will probably be vetoed by the president. It is doubtful that the House and Senate will be able to muster a two-thirds majority to override the veto. According to the Catholic News Agency:

"The measure passed in Congress after an emotional debate in which supporters argued that embryonic stem-cell research has the best hope for potential cures for degenerative diseases. Opponents condemned it as unethical and immoral, and pointed to alternative sources for stem cells." 1

The alternate sources are apparently adult stem cells which are limited in usefulness compared to embryonic stem cells.

bullet2007-FEB-17: U.S.: Stem cells may cure deafness within a decade: Stefan Heller at the Stanford University School of Medicine hopes to develop a cure for some forms of deafness within a decade. He discussed his embryonic stem cell plans on a panel at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science called: "Hearing health: The looming crisis and what can be done about it." His initial goal is to cure deafness in mice within the next five years. In 2003, his team was able to coax embryonic stem cells to differentiate into hair cells -- one of the 220 cell types in the body. 2
bullet2007-APR-11: U.S.: Senator Barack Obama supports embryonic stem cell research: Senator Obama (D-IL) issued a statement during the debate on the Senate bill S. 5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. He stated:

"I stand in full support of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act as I did when this bill was introduced and sent to the Presidentís desk in the 109th Congress. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this bill."

"I am frustrated by the opposition this bill has generated and saddened that we are preventing the advancement of important science that could potentially impact millions of suffering Americans. The study of stem cells holds enormous promise for the treatment of debilitating and life-threatening diseases. However, in order to reach this level of medical achievement, much more research is necessary to understand, and eventually harness, the amazing potential of stem cells. Instead of creating roadblocks, we must all work together to expand federal funding of stem cell research and continue moving forward in our fight against disease by advancing our knowledge through science and medicine." 7

bullet2007-APR-12: U.S.: Embryonic stem cell bill passes Senate: Senate bill S. 5 which would authorize embryonic stem cell research on unused embryos passed 63 to 34 with three abstensions. President Bush promiseds to veto the bill when it arrives at his desk. He said:

"...It will be years before researchers know how much promise lies in [embryonic stem cell research]. It is most important to develop ethically responsible techniques, so the potential of stem cells can be explored without violating human dignity... S.5... crosses a moral line that I and many others find troubling. If it advances... through Congress to my desk, I will veto it."

The votes were short of the 67 needed to override the expected presidential veto. 3

bullet2007-JUN-07:U.S.: Senate bill S. 5 passes House: The House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 247 to 176, with 10 abstentions. 6
bullet2007-JUN-20: President Bush vetoed Senate bill S5. 6
bullet2007-SEP-18: NJ: Pro-life groups attempt to stop ballot measure: Pro-life advocates have attempted to stop a ballot measure that would authorize the expenditure of $450 million for embryonic stem cell research and therapeutic cloning. They seek a temporary restraining order to stop the printing of the ballots and an injunction to prevent the question from appearing on the ballots. 4
bullet2007-OCT-4: U.S.:  USA: Hillary Clinton would free up stem cell research: In an address before the Carnegie Institution for Science, Ms. Clinton said that the severe restrictions on stem cell research installed by President Bush created a:

"ban on hope. ...  The Bush administration has declared war on science. ... When I am president, scientific integrity will not be the exception it will be the rule. ... For six and half years under this president, it's been open season on open inquiry. By ignoring or manipulating science, the Bush administration is letting our economic competitors get an edge in the global economy. I believe we have to change course, and I know America is ready."

She said she would establish new procedures that would prevent political appointees from altering or removing conclusions made by government scientists.

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Related essays on this web site:

Cloning and stem cell research are unrelated lines of research. However, they both start with an ovum and initially use some of the same techniques.

bulletWhen does human personhood begin?
bulletHuman cloning
bulletPre-implantation genetic diagnosis
bulletTherapeutic cloning

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References used in the above essay:

  1. "Pro-life groups decry House backing for embryonic stem cell research," Catholic News Agency, 2007-JAN-12, at: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/
  2. "Stem Cells May Cure Deafness in a Decade," Good News Blog, 2007-FEB-28, at:  http://www.goodnewsblog.com/
  3. "Senate 'Cells' out," Family Research Council mailing, 2007-APR-12.
  4. "Pro-Life Groups Sue to Keep Stem Cell Proposal Off Ballot," CitizenLink, 2007-SEP-19, at: http://www.citizenlink.org/
  5. "Hillary Clinton Would Reverse Bush's Embryonic Stem Cell Research Rules," Life News, 2007-OCT-04, at: http://www.lifenews.com/
  6. "S. 5: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007," GovTrack.us, at: http://www.govtrack.us/
  7. "Obama Renews Support for Embryonic Stem Cell Research," 2007-APR-11, at: http://obama.senate.gov/

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First posted: 2007-JAN-16
Latest update: 2008-FEB-22
Author: B.A. Robinson

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