STEM CELLS IN 2000 - The pope, Bill Clinton and stem cells (a look back)
September 02, 2000 - By Gordon Prather
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Well, you probably don't expect Pope John Paul II and Bible-toting Bill to agree on abortion. So you were probably not surprised that, after Clinton announced the Final Federal Guidelines on Pluripotent Stem Cell research
last week, the pope immediately addressed in English
an international congress being held in Rome of the Transplantation Society.
The Pope said, "Attempts at human cloning with a view to obtaining organs for transplants ... insofar as they involve the manipulation and destruction of human embryos
, are not morally acceptable."
Now some newsies reported that the pope had come out against "cloning" humans, which he hadn't. And from some news accounts you may have supposed that Bill Clinton had completely reversed his position of only three years ago, prohibiting the cloning of humans, which he hadn't.
Former president Bill Clinton speaks Friday on behalf of CureMichigan. (photo: Alexa Stanard)
Former President Bill Clinton rallied a star-studded Michigan political crowd Friday to support a ballot proposal that would permit embryonic stem-cell research in the state.
Clinton appeared at the upscale fund-raiser hosted by CureMichigan, the organization backing Proposal 2, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. He called support for stem-cell research “the pro-life position” and cited the research’s potential benefits both to those facing health problems like Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease and to Michigan’s struggling economy.
“There isn’t a person here who doesn’t know someone who could be benefited by this work,” Clinton told the crowd of several hundred in Waterford Township, northwest of Detroit. “This is not about cloning. This is about letting Michigan do what can be done in almost any other state.”...
KING & CLINTON
Through years of involvement in stem cells I have come to know some of the top stem cell scientists and doctors in the world. Ask me any questions about treatments that you have and I will either get an answer for you or show you how to get it yourself! -dg
Bill Clinton on stem cells:
KING: By the way, more information just on your Web site. Go to ClintonFoundation.org. You’ll get all you need. ClintonFoundation.org. You mentioned how you fight AIDS a lot. In that connection, should Obama sign the stem cell research funds, federally for embryonic stem cell research?
CLINTON: I feel very strongly he should.
KING: He said, though, he wants Congress to do it, not him.
CLINTON: Well, he may or may not need federal action there, but the Congress will pass a good bill on this. Congress passed a good bill under President Bush.
KING: But if you pass it, he signs it now, maybe somebody will live who wouldn’t live, three months from now.
CLINTON: I’m assuming that he knows that this is a high priority for the speaker and Senator Reid and he expects legislation coming.
But let me say, I feel very strongly about this. I think that I worked hard on the sequencing of the human genome. We finished it when I was president. Now there are all these practical applications being spun out of it. We’ve identified the genes that were high predictors of breast cancer. We’re getting close on Parkinson’s. We’re even making headway on Alzheimer’s. But this stem cell research, if the stem cells are frozen embryonic stem cells, if they are never going to be used to be fertilized, to bring a life into being, then I think making them available for medical research is the pro-life position and I honestly don’t understand — I would understand it if we were going and raiding stem cell banks, where these stem cells were going to be used to actually fertilize eggs and have babies.
But it’s not going to happen. I think it’s very wrong to just throw these things in the trash can.
via CNN.com - Transcripts.