Jim DeMint on Stem Cell Research

Last Updated : Dec 15, 2010

Summary

Senator DeMint supports research using adult stem cells and stem cells derived from umbilical cords. However, he opposes research using stems derived from embryonic stem cells. Senator DeMint voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, which would have used federal funds to do research into embryonic stem cells. He stated that it was not necessary to destroy life to perform research.

When President Obama overturned the ban on federal funding for research, Senator DeMint released a press statement noting that America’s culture of life depends on clear moral and ethical guidelines that protect human dignity at every stage of life, and that this decision by the President was in opposition to those guidelines.

 

Press Statement - Ethical Stem Cell Research

In July of 2006, Senator DeMint released a press statement noting his support for the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act. 

 

Press Statement - Stem Cell Research

In March of 2009, Senator DeMint released a press statement noting his opposition to President Obama's decision to use taxpayer funding for 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. Jim DeMint voted in favor of the Hope Offered through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research.

Jim DeMint 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. Jim DeMint voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007

Jim DeMint voted against 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. Jim DeMint voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.

Jim DeMint voted against 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. Jim DeMint voted in favor of the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

Jim DeMint voted in favor of the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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