Georgia stem cell bill is right idea


No one can argue against Georgia’s Senate Bill 148.

It will encourage pregnant women to eventually donate umbilical cord blood and other placenta fluids when they give birth.

Researchers believe that those stem cells have properties similar to stem cells harvested from embryos. The fluids will go to a statewide network of collections banks to promote stem cell research.

The measure also would create a permanent commission to oversee the program and allow taxpayers to contribute money through a special check-off on their state income tax returns.

Stem cells collected from the above sources have already been beneficial in curing sickle-cell anemia.

I’d like to quote Sen. Shafer, D-Ga.: “Nondestructive stem cell research using stem cells from postnatal tissue and fluids have already resulted in treatments for anemia, leukemia, lymphoma and sickle-cell disease and are in clinical trials for multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and spinal cord injury.”

Those who condemn President Bush for vetoing the funding for embryonic stem cell research are hypocritical. They claim he is wasting precious time and resources to cure all illness. Yet they have no condemnations about the many abortionists who kill unborn children, thus destroying the future umbilical cord blood and other placenta fluids that could be used in future stem cell research.

I don’t mind paying my tax dollar for programs that would advance stem cell research in an ethical way that is a model of balanced and constructive public policy.

Jeani West

Sweet Home