Joe Sestak on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Jul 01, 2010

 Summary

Congressman Sestak supports embryonic stem cell research and the creation of new lines for that purpose.  He stated that the previous ban put in place by President Bush "had no basis in science."  He co-sponsored legislation that would allow the creation of new lines for research.

 

Press release

In a March 2009 press release, Congressman Sestak spoke about a bill that he had recently co-sponsored to create new lines of embryonic stem cells for research.

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. Joe Sestak voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Joe Sestak voted in favor of 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. Joe Sestak voted in favor of theStem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Joe Sestak voted in favor of theStem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 873; Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to require 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. Limits such research to stem cells that meet the following requirements: (1) the stem cells were derived from human embryos donated from in vitro fertilization clinics, were created for the purposes of fertility treatment, and were in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such treatment; (2) prior to donation, it was determined that the embryos would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded; and (3) the individuals seeking fertility treatment donated the embryos with written informed consent and received no financial or other inducements.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3; Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for human embryonic stem cell research.

User Comments