House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, prefers a quick legislative repeal of the Bush administration’s restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, she desired to act more quickly through executive order.
Her remarks were published January 4 in the International Herald Tribune.
In her August 2008 interview with Meet the Press, she said the point at which life begins has been “an issue of controversy” over the history of the Church.
Speaker Pelosi’s latest remarks on life saving embryonic stem cell research come as the incoming Congress and the Obama administration are expected to lift restrictions on its funding.
President George W. Bush vetoed Embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) funding bills in 2006 and 2007. According to him if this legislation became law, it would compel American taxpayers, for the first time in their history to support the deliberate destruction of human embryos.
Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to unlock the doors to treatments and cures to numerous diseases, including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and cancer.
Expanding embryonic stem cell research is supported by 72 percent of Americans. [Opinion Research Corporation]
Embryonic stem cell research is supported by more than 200 organizations, including the American Medical Association, AARP, Association of American Medical Colleges, Parkinson’s Action Network, American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
The new bill [www.speaker.gov/pdf/HR3.pdf] only authorizes the use of stem cell lines generated from embryos that would otherwise be discarded by fertility clinics. The bill has strict ethical guidelines, including stipulating that embryos can be used only if the donors give their written consent and receive no money or other inducement in exchange for the embryos.
However, Speaker Pelosi, has been criticized by bishops and other Catholics for her misleading remarks on Catholic teaching and ethical duties towards unborn human life.