I believe we must respect human life. The life of the unborn is
precious and should be protected by federal law. I believe abortion is
wrong, and have consistently voted to protect the rights of the unborn.
I have supported efforts in Congress to end partial-birth abortion, stop
federally funded abortions, and prevent human cloning.
STATEMENT ON STEM CELL RESEARCH VOTES
July 18th, 2006 -
Washington, DC - Senator John Thune (R-SD) today issued the following
statement after Senate consideration of three bills related to stem cell
research: S. 2754, a bill to aid research into techniques of deriving
pluripotent stem cells without harming or destroying human embryos; S.
3504, a bill to prohibit the solicitation or acceptance of tissue from
human fetuses gestated and aborted solely for research purposes; and
H.R. 810, which would use Federal taxpayer dollars to support and
encourage research that involves the destruction of human embryos.
Senator Thune voted in favor of S. 2754 and S. 3504, and against H.R.
"Stem cell research holds significant promise, and that's why I support
expanding and exploring adult and cord blood stem cell research.
However, research on human embryonic stem cells presents significant
ethical dilemmas, in part because extracting the stem cells destroys the
embryo, and thus destroys its potential for human life. I strongly
believe this research must be conducted in a careful and ethical way
that respects human life," said Thune. "Last year I voted for S.1317,
the Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Therapy and Research Act of 2005, which
was signed into law on December 20, 2005, and authorizes the Department
of Health and Human Services to enter into contracts with qualified cord
blood banks to create and maintain a national inventory of 150,000 new
high quality cord blood units suitable for transplantation."