Tuesday, October 12, 2004


Stem Cell Fact Sheet: "Fact Sheet
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
August 9, 2001
'As a result of private research, more than 60 genetically diverse stem cell lines already exist' I have concluded that we should allow federal funds to be used for research on these existing stem cell lines ' where the life and death decision has already been made', This allows us to explore the promise and potential of stem cell research' without crossing a fundamental moral line by providing taxpayer funding that would sanction or encourage further destruction of human embryos that have at least the potential for life.'
-- George W. Bush
Federal funding of research using existing embryonic stem cell lines is consistent with the President's belief in the fundamental value and sanctity of human life. The President's decision reflects his fundamental commitment to preserving the value and sanctity of human life and his desire to promote vital medical research. The President's decision will permit federal funding of research using the more than 60 existing stem cell lines that have already been derived, but will not sanction or encourage the destruction of additional human embryos. The embryos from which the existing stem cell lines were created have already been destroyed and no longer have the possibility of further development as human beings. Federal funding of medical research on these existing stem cell lines will promote the sanctity of life ' without undermining it ' and will allow scientists to explore the potential of this research to benefit the lives of millions of people who suffer from life destroying diseases.
Federal funds will only be used for research on existing stem cell lines that were derived: (1) with the informed consent of the donors; (2) from excess embryos created solely for reproductive purposes; and (3) wi"

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