Family Research Council

Patients or Politics?


By Tony Perkins
May 16, 2013

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Does Congress care more about patients or politics? House leaders Dan Lipinski and Randy Forbes are about to find out. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington. Despite all the problems with embryonic stem cells, there are still leaders who want to experiment with them and stick you with the bill! The Patients First Act, which was just reintroduced in the House, would help stop that. If it passes, the National Institutes of Health would have to prioritize federal stem cell projects that have the greatest potential for clinical benefits--without harming human embryos. Adult stem cells are the clear choice here, with over 60,000 people around the globe receiving transplants each year--without destroying a single life in the process! Governor Sam Brownback in Kansas recently took the lead in this area, creating a first-ever adult stem cell therapy center. It's time for the federal government to catch up to the states and put the patients first, by prioritizing life-saving, life-extending adult stem cells.

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