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Gov. Doyle: Statement on President Obama’s plan to lift embryonic stem cell ban

Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s plans to sign an Executive Order that lifts restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.

“President Obama’s commitment to lifting the restrictions on stem cell science is a great step forward, and I want to thank him for his decision. The ultimate goal of stem cell research is curing illness, alleviating suffering and saving lives. It is in the best interest of patients and families that we pursue all the promising avenues of stem cell research, and studying embryonic stem cells is essential to scientific discovery and future breakthroughs.

“Wisconsin is the home of embryonic stem cell research, and I have always fought to keep politics away from science, so that researchers have the freedom they need to make life-saving advances. We are at the ground floor of a field of discovery that represents tremendous promise to improve and save lives. Lifting the restrictions on federal funding for this field is a decision I have long advocated and fully support.”  

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