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March 30, 2009

VA Gov., DNC Chair Kaine to Ban State Stem Cell Research?

Posted in: Science

breaking-take-action.thumbnail.jpgGovernor Tim Kaine is reported set to sign into Virginia law a bill that will ban funding for research on human stem cells.

What is Right for Virginia (h/t Not Larry Sabato) gives us this:

"It seems like we finally have some brains in Washington, and while the Federal government takes a step forward, the state takes a step back", said Mr. Robb. "I just don’t understand why they (Gov. Kaine and the General Assembly) are being so short sighted, embryonic stem cell research is a quality of life issue."

Robb is referring to the following articles and paragraphs contained in SB1338ER;

3. That no award from the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund may be provided if the otherwise qualified business performs research in Virginia on human cells or tissue derived from induced abortions or from stem cells obtained from human embryos, nor shall any award from the Fund be used for such research. The foregoing provision shall not apply to research conducted using stem cells other than embryonic stem cells.

4. That no investment shall be qualified pursuant to § 58.1-339.4 of the Code of Virginia if the otherwise qualified business performs research in Virginia on human cells or tissue derived from induced abortions or from stem cells obtained from human embryos. The foregoing provision shall not apply to research conducted using stem cells other than embryonic stem cells.

We have a short time to make Tim Kaine realize his stance is wrong, and he needs to line item veto Article G paragraphs 3 and 4 in this legislation. Please, call the Governors office at Phone: (804) 786-2211 Fax: (804) 371-6351 and make your voice heard!

Tim Kaine, is, of course, President Barack Obama’s hand-selected head of the Democratic National Committee. What does it say when the Democratic President moves to respect science and open up stem cell research, and his party chair openly moves to thwart this effort?

Why not drop the DNC a note and ask them the same question.


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