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Jon Huntsman & Tim Pawlenty Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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Jon Huntsman & Tim Pawlenty Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research – Two Republican presidential candidates Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty confirmed recently that they maintain a position against embryonic stem cell research.

Comments by Huntsman made in 2004 seemed to show his support for embryonic stem cell research, as he was quoted in a newspaper as saying that the stem cell issue was one in which he the pro-life group Eagle Forum disagreed, saying of the conservative group, “Stem cell research would be another issue on which we part company.”

Though previously the governor of a conservative state, and looking to win the support of the conservative (and often anti-stem cell research) Republican Party, Huntsman finds him self in an interesting position, as his father founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute, which publicly advocates the use of embryonic stem cells in cancer research.

Former Minnesota Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty also confirmed his pro-life, anti embryonic stem cell research (irony?) position during the first Republican debate.

Here is Pawlenty’s full quote from the Republican debate: “As to stem cell research it holds great promise and I support stem cell research. I think it should be adult derived… most of the therapies and breakthroughs that we are seeing interms of treatment are coming from adult derived stem cell research. I strongly support that.

As for embryonic stem cell research, I don’t think we should pursue although President Bush when he was in office said he would allow and authorize the use of research on certain stem cell lines for which the embryo had already previously been destroyed before the issue came to his desk or came to his attention. I did support his approach for that limited window of stem cell research on those existing lines for which the embryo had already been destroyed.”

Most of the other candidates have focused their talking points to Planned Parenthood and abortion, and have yet to directly address their position on the use of embryonic stem cells.

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Stem Cell Quotes – Nancy Reagan

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Michael J Fox Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan Stem Cell Research Quote: “Science has presented us with a hope called stem cell research, which may provide our scientists with answers that have so long been beyond our grasp. I just don’t see how we can turn our backs on this… there are just so many diseases that can be cured, or at least helped. We have lost so much time already, and I just really can’t bear to lose any more.“- Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

This is a subject close to Nancy Reagan’s heart, as her husband, Ronald Reagan, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. (which has created a bond between Nancy Reagan and Michael J. Fox) It’s always interesting when someone who is perceived as being part of the “status quo conservative right” steps out and makes a case for a progressive cause. Nancy Reagan had actually supported stem cell research years before President George W. Bush took a stand against it, of course, vetoing the Stem Cell Bill in 2006. Maybe the recent plea by George W. Bush’s daughter, Barbara in support of gay marriage, reminded me of Nancy Reagan’s progressive position on stem cell research?

Also quoted from Nancy Reagan after Obama reversed the Bush stem cell veto: “I’m very grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research… These new rules will now make it possible for scientists to move forward. I urge researchers to make use of the opportunities that are available to them and to do all they can to fulfill the promise that stem cell research offers… Countless people, suffering from many different diseases, stand to benefit from the answers stem cell research can provide. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to do everything in our power to find cures for these diseases – and soon. As I’ve said before, time is short, and life is precious.” – Nancy Reagan speaking about stem cells, 2009