Government Leaders on Abortion
As a practicing physician, I have dedicated much of my life to
protecting the sanctity of life at all of its stages. I have had the
privilege of delivering nearly 4,000 babies in my career. I have also
faced the challenge of helping many terminal patients approach the end
stages of life with dignity and peace.
My experience as a physician has affirmed my conviction that all
human life is sacred from the point of conception to death. I oppose
abortion in all cases, with the lone and rare exception of when the life
of the mother is endangered. I also oppose physician assisted suicide
and human cloning.
Regarding stem cell research, I support the use of stem cells that
are not harvested from fetuses or embryos. To date, embryonic and fetal
stem cells have never been successfully used in clinical applications
with human patients. Thankfully, advances in science have shown that
adult stem cells and stem cells from human umbilical cord-blood can be
used for research in place of fetal stem cells. In fact, nearly 100
diseases and medical conditions are being successfully treated with
these types of stem cells. As a doctor and two-time cancer survivor, I
can empathize with those who await the discovery of such cures that
might one day be derived from stem cell research.