First Lady Calls John Kerry's Stem Cell Research Claims "Ridiculous"
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 9, 2004

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- First Lady Laura Bush is rising
to the defense of her husband's policy against federal funding of
any new embryonic stem cell research. She called Democratic
nominee John Kerry's criticism "ridiculous" and said that the
president's opponents were making wild assertions about the
effectiveness of the unproven research.

Over the weekend, Kerry repeated his claim that President Bush is
putting "ideology over science" and again said he would mandate
that taxpayers fund the destructive research in one of his first
acts if elected president.

"That's so ridiculous," Laura Bush said in an interview with The
Associated Press regarding the claim about Bush's decision. "It's
one of the myths that start during a campaign."

She told AP that Kerry was trying to turn a sensitive issue into
a political football "without saying what's right. I imagine he
knows better."

Earlier, in a speech to the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Laura
Bush said that lawmakers need to understand the "ethical and
moral implications" of embryonic stem cell research.

"I hope that stem cell research will yield cures," the First Lady
said, according to an AP report.

"But I know that embryonic stem cell research is very preliminary
right now and the implication that cures for Alzheimer's are
around the corner is just not right and it's really not fair to
people who are watching a loved one suffer with this disease,"
Laura Bush added.

That's a point that even Ron Reagan, who told Democrats at their
recent national convention to "vote for embryonic stem cell
research," admits.

In an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball" on July 12, Reagan
acknowledged that embryonic stem cells are unlikely to cure the
debilitating disease.

"Alzheimer's is a disease, ironically, that probably won't be
amenable to treatment through stem cell therapies," Reagan
admitted.

Alzheimer's contributed to the death of Bush's father in the
1990s.

Last month, two leading researchers, including a Johns Hopkins
University scientist, said less controversial approaches are more
likely to find a cure or reduce the effects of Alzheimer's in the
coming years. Using embryonic stem cells may not yield progress
for decades, the researchers said.

Dr. D.G. McKay, a stem cell researcher at the National Institute
for Neurological Diseases and Stroke, has called the promises of
miracle cures from embryonic stem cells a "fairy tale."

Others point to the convulsions patients receiving injections of
embryonic stem cells have had and say that the use of adult stem
cells have shown far greater progress -- already curing some
diseases and lessening the effects of others.

No patients have yet shown any benefits as a result of the use of
embryonic stem cells.

Pro-life advocates argue that embryonic stem cell research has
not been as successful as research employing adult stem cells.
They oppose embryonic stem cell research because unborn children
in their earliest days must be destroyed to obtain the stem
cells.

Today is the third anniversary of President Bush's August 2001
decision that prevented taxpayer funding of new embryonic stem
cell research.

Pro-Life Speakers at GOP Convention Discuss Abortion, Stem Cell
Research
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 1, 2004

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- Several speakers at the Republican
convention in New York touched on pro-life issues Tuesday night
in their addresses to delegates.

"We believe in a culture that respects all human life, including
the most vulnerable in our society -- the frail elderly, the
infirm and those not yet born," North Carolina Senator Elizabeth
Dole told the delegates.

"Protecting life isn't something Republicans invented, but it is
something Republicans will defend," she said. "This is our true
north -- we believe in life."

Dole's mention of unborn children bought loud cheers from North
Carolina delegates, including Barbara Holt, president of North
Carolina Right to Life.

Meanwhile, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, who has led the fight to
pass a ban on all human cloning, spoke about the "respect for the
inherent dignity, equality, and sanctity of every human life."

"Every life must be honored and protected," said Brownback in his
address.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist defended President Bush's
policy against using federal tax dollars to fund new embryonic
stem cell research because it destroys the lives of unborn
children.

"An embryo is biologically human. It deserves moral respect,"
First, a Tennessee senator, explained. "This President will not
use your taxpayer dollars to destroy human life or create human
embryos solely for the purpose of experimentation."

"John Kerry claims that the President has put a 'sweeping ban' on
stem cell research," Frist said. "I challenge Mr. Kerry tonight:
what ban? Shame on you, Mr. Kerry."

Frist referred to Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's
remarks that Bush's policy effectively banned funding for stem
cell research. However, the Bush administration has spent $190
million on the use of adult stem cells to find cures for
diseases.