Mark Pryor on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Nov 14, 2012

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

In July of 2006, Senator Pryor issued a press statement noting his support for the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. He stated that it had the potential to alleviate human suffering and the promise to treat and cure disabling diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cancer, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s.

Jul 17 2006
Statement by Senator Mark Pryor On Stem Cell Research

Senator Pryor made the following statement in support of H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. The legislation is expected to come before the Senate for a vote on Tuesday. Stem cell research has the potential to alleviate human suffering and the promise to treat and cure disabling diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cancer, spinal cord injury and Parkinson’s. These are diseases many of us have personally witnessed within our families, churches and communities. There are children in Arkansas who are living with juvenile diabetes every minute of every day, and it would be a disservice to them not to do all we can to find a cure. We must allow responsible scientists the flexibility they need to advance the science of stem cell research in order to provide hope for the future. I recognize the concerns some individuals have over the ethical implications of stem cell research. I have struggled with them myself. I am comforted, however, by this carefully crafted legislation that ensures such research moves forward in a safe, cautious and responsible manner.

Voting Record

Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research

The final piece of legislation was dubbed the "HOPE" Act and was voted on the same day. The Hope Act (S30) shared many of the same parameters as the the Stem Cell Research Act, in that it mostly ensured that no new stem cells be created for the sole purpose of using them in research. The bill also ensured that no embryos be damaged in research. Mark Pryor voted in favor of the Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research.

Mark Pryor voted in favor of the Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research.

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

In April of 2007, two more stem cell related bills were voted on in the Senate. The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 (S5) passed with support from a vast majority of Democratic Senators and about 1/3 of the Republican Senators. The legislation required (among other things) that any research done on stem cells involve only those which already existed. Mark Pryor voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

Mark Pryor voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

In July of 2006, the Senate 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 Senate 63-37. Mark Pryor voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Mark Pryor voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

In July of 2006, the Senate voted unanimously to pass the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act S 2754. The bill required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to do the following three tasks: provide guidance concerning the next steps required for additional research; prioritize research with the greatest potential for near-term clinical benefit; and take into account techniques outlined by the President\'s Council on Bioethics and any other appropriate techniques and research. Mark Pryor voted in favor of the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

Mark Pryor voted in favor of the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

 

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