Michele Bachmann on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Jul 04, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Bachmann supports stem cell research, but is opposed to government funding for embryonic stem cell research. She twice voted against the Stem Cell Research Act of 2007, which would have allowed the government funding of embryonic stem cell research.

When President Obama issued an executive order making funding for embryonic stem cell research legal, Congresswoman Bachmann called the procedure unnecessary, immoral, and unethical. She noted that recent breakthroughs have allowed the same research to proceed without the destruction of human embryos. 

 

Human Stem Cell Research is Unethical

In March of 2009, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her opposition to President Obama's executive order on stem cell research. She also spoke on the House floor about her opposition to the research and to the cloning of humans.

Voting Record

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

The bill came back up for another vote in roll call 443 where it passed 247-146 before it was vetoed by President Bush. Michele Bachmann voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Michele Bachmann voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

In January 2007, the Senate passed S 5 - the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act with wide support from Democrats and moderate support from Republicans. The Act required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from a human embryo. Specific limitations were put in place to ensure that the embryos would not have been used for other purposes and were not created specifically for research. The bill passed both the house and senate, but was vetoed by President Bush. Michele Bachmann voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Michele Bachmann voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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