Ron Paul on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Jan 16, 2012

Summary

Congressman Paul has stated that Stem Cell research is not an area that the federal government should be involved in and that it should be left to the states. He has argued that while some believe that it is moral stance to support certain types of research for the benefit of others or to oppose that same research based on moral grounds surrounding life, but the true moral question is whether or not it is moral to use government to force people in a nation to pay for medical research.

Congressman Paul has voted against every stem cell research bill that has come to a vote while in office, noting that the federal government is not granted this power in the Constitution.

 

Missing the Point

In May of 2005, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to address stem cell research. 

 

What's Missing in the Stem Cell Debate

In June of 2007, Congressman Paul used his "Texas Talk" to discuss the rights of tax payers in the stem cell debate.

 

Markets or States Deal With It

In a debate for the Republican Presidential Nomination, Congressman Paul stated that the problem was that the government feels it should with prohibit it or subsidize it, and that is not the case. He states that the States should address the issue.

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. Ron Paul voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Ron Paul 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. Ron Paul voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Ron Paul voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005

In 2006, an initial effort to pass a stem cell research bill through congress was also vetoed by President Bush. The veto override failed to achieve the necessary 2/3 majority.. Ron Paul voted against overturning the veto on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.

Ron Paul voted against overturning the veto on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.

The Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

In 2006, the Senate passed the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act. Although it was widely supported in the Senate, it did not reach the 2/3 necessary to pass the House without objection in a 273-154 vote. Ron Paul voted against the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act.

Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005

In 2005, Congress passed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005. The bill set up requirements for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to contract with qualified cord blood stem cell banks to assist in the '); echo('collection and maintenance of 150,000 new units of high-quality cord blood to be made available for transplantation through the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program. The bill passed almost unanimously in roll call 205. Ron Paul voted against the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005.

Ron Paul voted against the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

In May of 2005, the House passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. This legislation would have allowed research on human embryonic stem cells created after President Bush's 2001 deadline. The measure passed the House and Senate, but was vetoed. It passed the House 238-194. Ron Paul voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Ron Paul voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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