Wisconsin Governor Bashes Opponent, President Bush on Stem Cell Research

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 4, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 4, 2006

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — In a speech to a liberal political organization, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, one of the leading politicians backing embryonic stem cell research, strongly bashed President Bush and his gubernatorial opponent Mark Green.

Doyle accused both of opposing stem cell research and medical funding to cure patients’ lives when both only oppose spending taxpayer dollars on using embryonic stem cells because they can only be obtained by destroying human life.

Doyle called Green, the Republican nominee for governor, "a relentless opponent of stem cell research" and said Bush’s veto of an embryonic stem cell research funding bill would cause stem cell research to "fall further and further behind."

Doyle criticized green for voting for or sponsoring bill to ban stem cell research on numerous occasions, but, in reality, those mostly concern the issue of human cloning for research. Green opposes such human cloning but Doyle supports it and says Green is holding up stem cell research by wanting to ban human cloning.

"He’s trying to blur lines between cloning — and we do have honest disagreement on that — and stem cells," he told the Associated Press.

"Like everyone else, I know people who are suffering from some of our great afflictions," Green added. "So they are sensitive issues … It seems as though the governor is dismissive of them, and wants to turn them into campaign fodder."

Also responding to the attacks, Green spokesman Rob Vernon said Green strongly supports adult stem cell research, which has been more productive than embryonic and has yielded treatments for dozens of diseases.

"Mark Green does not believe that taxpayer dollars should be used to destroy human embryos. Jim Doyle does," Vernon told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper.

Doyle plans to continue to make embryonic stem cell research a big theme in the campaign and has run a television commercial as well criticizing Green.