Sunday, May 29, 2005

Arlen Specter on embryotic stem cells

July 8, 2001
Face the Nation, CBS News

"I believe today in the Congress, there are overwhelming majorities in favor of, Gloria, not only of stem cell research once the stem cells have been extracted but also in federal funding to extract the stem cells where you don't have private companies doing it, where you have pro--prohibition against cloning. I certainly would never agree to cloning. I certainly would never agree to destroying a stem cell if there was any chance at all, any chance at all, that that embryo would turn into a--a human being. I think there are more than 70 votes today in the Senate. And there's a groundswell in America because so many people have personal experience with the availability of these stem cells to save the lives of their loved ones."

June 21, 2001
The Edge with Paula Zahn, Fox News

"Private companies are creating embryos specifically for stem cells, and I think that's a very bad idea. The legislation which I have proposed with many co-sponsors would put some federal regulation on that, would prevent that, would stop the risk of cloning and would use only the embryos which are already in existence. I'm not saying we ought to create embryos for scientific purposes, which gets on the path of cloning."


When the President acknowledges that some embryos will not survive long storage and some will be thrown away, it is my judgement that at least stem cells should be extracted from those embryos without crossing the President's ethical line.

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