Stem Cell Research and Cord Blood Banking at a Major Crossroads

Okay so check this out, the US Senate has passed a bill loosening restrictions on embryonic stem cell research by a vote of 63 to 37. Which is really awesome for everyone involved with cord blood banking and stem cell research…BUT President Bush is sure block it with the first veto of his five and a half years in office.

President Bush is so adamant on veto-ing this bill its rather odd.
Is this not the saddest thing you’ve ever heard? We work so hard to make cool technologies and the President just knocks it down.

The legislation lifts the ban on federal funding for stem cell research using some of the hundreds of thousands of stored embryos discarded by couples undergoing in vitro fertilisation procedures. Most stem cell researchers are adamant that the funding ban is severely restricting the development of stem cell use for a variety of diseases including several forms of cancer including Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

This is so IMPORTANT to research these diseases! Again, its so sad that the president of the most powerful country in the world doesn’t see the benefit of this…I just don’t get it.
Check this out, there are some heroes out there that are voicing against the Pres…

Polls have consistently shown that more than 60 per cent of Americans support federal funding for expanded stem cell research. The actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, has been traveling the country, sometimes with his fellow Parkinson’s sufferer Muhammad Ali, urging Mr Bush not to veto the legislation.

This is SO awesome that they are doing this! I am very happy that someone famous is standing up.

Currently, federal funding is only available for selected stem cell lines created from “spare” IVF embryos created before August 9, 2001. Since the 63 “yes” votes are four short of the number required to override his veto, the measure has been killed — at least for the time being.

Again, this can’t go on like this! Contact your congressman and ask to fix this before the movement dies!

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