Claire McCaskill on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Oct 17, 2012

Summary

Senator McCaskill supported the use of government funds for stem cell research. She voted in favor of the HOPE Act and voted in favor of and co-sponsored the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

In April of 2007, Senator McCaskill spoke out in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act by stating that stem cell research will provide some of the most significant medical advances we have ever seen in the history of mankind. She also outlined a set of claims that she stated were not true. These included the claim that adult stem cell research and stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood and amniotic fluid are adequate and we don't need embryonic stem cell research and there are 72 adult stem cell treatments for human diseases, the claim that tumors were a necessary product of implanting embryonic stem cells, the claim that the 21 viable embryonic stem cell lines we have currently funded are plenty, and the claim that the legislation will use tax dollars to fund destruction of human embryos.

 

HOPE Act

In April of 2007, Senator McCaskill spoke on the Senate floor about the Hope Offered through Ethical Stem Cell Research or the HOPE Act.

 

Response to President Obama's Order

In March of 2009, Senator McCaskill released a statement noting her support for President Obama's policy of funding embryonic stem cell research. 

 

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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research.

Claire McCaskill 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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S 5; Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 - 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 ethical requirements: (1) the stem cells were derived from human embryos donated from in vitro fertilization clinics for the purpose of fertility treatment and were in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such treatment; (2) the embryos would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded; and (3) such individuals donate the embryos with written informed consent and receive no financial or other inducements.

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