Governor Doyle: Statement on Senate Passage of AB 499

Ethnie Groves, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2156

Governor Jim Doyle today released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of Assembly Bill 499, limiting stem cell research:

“Everyone is against human cloning, but the real purpose of this bill is to restrict stem cell research, which holds enormous potential for our state as well as the promise of curing juvenile diabetes, spinal cord injuries, and Parkinson’s disease.

“Allowing our scientists to search for cures to the world’s deadliest diseases isn’t about being liberal or conservative. It’s about being compassionate. And respect for human life means you don’t turn your back on cures that can save lives.

“I do not understand how anyone can, in good conscience, tell a family whose child is suffering from a life-threatening disease that politics is more important than finding a cure.”