Day 84 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
Hillary supports stem cell research.
 
I have an in vitro-born nephew. After he was born, my sister was informed that the “extra” stem cells would be destroyed. My sister wanted to donate them for research. She couldn’t because it was the same year that President Bush limited all stem research to a small group of existing cells. So, they were destroyed.
 
Had they (and many others like them) been saved and used, they were potentially capable of treating Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and MS (two people I adore have MS and I would love to know we were doing all we could to find better treatment).
 
Clinton co-sponsored legislation in 2001 and 2002 that would have expanded stem cell research and co-sponsored a bill in 2005 that would have banned human cloning while protecting the right of scientists to conduct stem cell research.
 
After much controversy, the Bush administration vetoed the bill (despite the fact that it passed both the House and the Senate), and declared that taxpayer money could only be used for research using certain already-created embryonic stem cell lines.
 
At the time, referencing this legislation, Hillary said, “Despite the enormous promise of stem cell research, the Administration has pursued ideology over innovation and continually restricted federal funding, limiting the ability of our scientists to aggressively pursue avenues that may lead to breakthroughs for many chronic, debilitating, and ultimately fatal diseases. We cannot afford any additional delay in supporting research that has the potential to save millions of lives.
 
“Restricting funding for stem cell research also hurts our ability to remain the world’s leader in medical research. It is critical that we increase federal support for stem cell research in order to maintain the ability of our nation’s scientists to remain at the forefront of biomedical innovation and attract and retain top-notch scientific talent to its laboratories.”
 
Hmmmmm – jobs and saving lives – feels like a winning proposition to me.
 
President Obama expanded the number that qualify, a move that survived court challenges, but we are still not where we ought to be. I am emphatically in favor of supporting carefully legislated stem cell research reform and hope that Hillary will continue the work she started decades ago. (For those who worry about cloning and misuse, please read the bill [link below] to see the safeguards.)