Sam Brownback: Senate Should Reject Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 15, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 15
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — In a Thursday afternoon interview, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback spoke with about an upcoming vote in the Senate on embryonic stem cell research funding. He says Congress should not approve the bill to force taxpayers to fund the destruction of human life.

The pro-life lawmaker said he expected the Senate to vote soon on the measure, S. 5, and asked pro-life advocates to call and email their elected officials.

The Republican presidential candidate said that paying for science that attempts to find cures for disease on the backs of destroying days-old unborn children is immoral.

"It’s morally wrong and its not yielded the results that adult stem cell research including cord blood cells and amniotic stem cells is achieving," he told

Brownback also indicated he recently with people who have had medial treatments using adult stem cells and one had congestive heart failure and the other a form of cancer. Both saw their conditions improve after the treatments.

"Embryonic stem cell research is unnecessary and adult stem cell research is saving lives today," Brownback said. "Every life must be treated with dignity and history will treat us harshly if we destroy human embryos."

The senator also talked about his presidential campaign and pointed to a poll showing that 67 percent of the American public is already tired of the 2008 presidential race.

"It seems odd to be out campaigning so much right now but even though Americans are tired of the race they still want to talk about the issues and that’s what I’m trying to do," Brownback told

He said he would be in Peoria, Illinois and leading primary states Iowa and New Hampshire over the weekend and early next week.

Brownback also said the campaign is going well and he believes he is doing better in the polls and moving up the ladder. He compared the GOP presidential primary to the tale of the tortoise and the hare and said he’s more like the turtle.

"I don’t like how that race began, but I like how it ends."