Rick Perry on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Jul 26, 2011


Governor Perry supports adult stem cell research, but opposes embryonic stem cell research and any efforts that could lead to cloning.

In January of 2009 Governor Perry noted during the State of the State address that Texas should invest in companies starting adult stem cell research. In July of that year, Governor Perry moved on those beliefs by awarding $2.5 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to America Stem Cell for the purpose of developing its breakthrough enzyme technology on adult stem cells.

At a February 2009 rally, Governor Perry spoke against embryonic stem cell research by stating that as long as he was governor, he would oppose taxpayers dollars from being used on research that ends human life. In June of that year, Governor Perry opposed President Obama's decision to overturn the ban on embryonic stem cell research by stating that such a move turned the remains of unborn children into nothing more than raw material. He stated that  the Obama administration was ignoring the overriding responsibility of every government — that is to protect citizens at every stage of their lives, especially those who cannot protect themselves. On his campaign website, Governor Perry vows to veto any legislation that provides state dollars for embryonic stem cell research.


State of the State

In the January 2009 State of the State address, Governor Perry stated that the state of Texas should be covering the start up costs of companies that are participating in adult stem cell research.


Anti-Abortion Rally

At an anti-abortion rally in Dallas in February of 2009, Governor Perry spoke about his opposition to the use of embryonic stem cells for research.


America Stem Cell

In July of 2009, the state of Texas announced that America Stem Cell had been awarded $2.5 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. The purpose of this investment was to allow the stem cell research company to develop its breakthrough enzyme technology to enhance the homing and engraftment of cord blood stem cells and achieve improved clinical outcomes for cancer patients receiving these stem cell transplants.


United for Life

In June of 2011, Governor Perry spoke at a United for Life rally and spoke against President Obama's decision to overturn President Bush's policy against embryonic stem cell research.


Campaign Website Statements



[1] Website: The Dallas Morning News Article: Texas Gov. Rick Perry touts abortion opposition at Austin rally Author: CHRISTY HOPPE Accessed on: 07/25/2010

[2] Website: Houston Chronicle Article: Perry reiterates view against abortion Author: NATALIE GOTT Accessed on: 07/26/2011

[3] Website: Center for Bioethics and Culture Network Article: Texas Governor Rick Perry Praises Adult Stem Cell Research Author: Jennifer Lahl Accessed on: 07/26/2011

[4] Website: Stem Cell Research and Umbilical Cord Donation Article: America Stem Cell Inc Awarded $2.5 M From TX Fund Author: NA Accessed on: 07/26/2011

[5] Website: National Right to Life News Today Article: PRO-LIFE TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY TELLS HISPANIC AUDIENCE “EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS” Author: Dave Andrusko Accessed on: 07/26/2011

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