Nancy Pelosi Misleads on Embryonic Stem Cell Research at Reagan Statue Event
by Steven Ertelt
June 3, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, gave a speech at the unveiling of a statue of President Ronald Reagan today on Capital Hill. However, she couldn’t resist injecting divisive politics into her speech about a president regarded as strongly pro-life.
In doing so, one pro-life group says Pelosi got her facts wrong about the lack of any tangible benefits from embryonic stem cell research.
During a part of the talk, Pelosi discussed Nancy Reagan’s support of embryonic stem cell research, the kind that involves the destruction of human life. It has never helped a single patient not has it been tried on humans because of significant problems when used in animals.
But that’s not the case to hear Pelosi tell it.
"Your support for stem-cell research has made a significant difference in the lives of many American people. It has saved lives. It has found cures. It has given hope to people," she claimed.
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, noticed the error.
"Adult stem cell research has indeed saved thousands of lives, produced cures, and benefited and given hope to many. But embryonic stem cell research, which Speaker Pelosi has promoted, has not helped a single human being," he told LifeNews.com.
Perkins said embryonic stem cell research "has produced no cures or treatments, has led to the destruction of countless vulnerable human embryos, and is most noted for giving tumors to lab rats."
Embryonic stem cell research has long has a nexus to causing tumors and has also resulted in problems with animals’ immune systems rejecting the transplanted cells.
"Speaker Pelosi, please get your facts straight, put politics aside, and push for real help for people through adult stem cells," he concluded.
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