Steve Kagen on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Official Website Statements

Stem Cell Progress

As a physician, I understand human illness and the personal suffering of patients and their families. That is why I sponsored legislation for stem cell progress to fulfill the promise of finding a cure for many life-altering and painful disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, juvenile diabetes, and spinal cord injuries. Saying no to stem cell progress would be unkind to patients who will benefit from new treatments and potential cures. If one truly cares for life, then one should say yes to stem cell progress. Be not afraid to take this step forward. I am proudly Pro-Cure.

 

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. Steve Kagen cast a "No Vote"

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. Steve Kagen voted in favor of theStem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Steve Kagen voted in favor of theStem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4808; Stem Cell Research Advancement Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct and support research that utilizes human stem cells, including human embryonic stem cells. 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 reproductive treatment, and were in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such treatment; (2) it was determined through consultation with the individuals seeking reproductive treatment that the embryos would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded; and (3) the individuals seeking reproductive 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.

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