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January 11, 2007

Kagen Votes for Progress in Life-Saving Stem Cell Treatments

Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. (D-Appleton) joined a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to advance progress in life-saving stem cell therapies.

Rep. Kagen voted on Thursday for H.R. 3, to extend funding for stem cell progress and institute strict ethical guidelines for stem cell work conducted under the auspices of the National Institute of Health.

Rep. Kagen continues to address the needs of hard-working Wisconsin families as part of the 110th Congress. Prior to casting his vote, Rep. Kagen spoke on the floor of the House in favor of H.R. 3. His statement follows:

As a physician of 30 years with a degree in molecular biology, I know something about human diseases and the personal suffering of my patients and their families. I support stem cell progress to fulfill the promise of finding a cure for many life-altering and painful disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, juvenile diabetes and spinal cord injuries.

Saying no to stem cell progress is extremely unkind to patients who will benefit from new treatments and potential cures. If one truly cares for life, and believes in improving the quality of our lives, then one should say yes to stem cell progress.

Be not afraid to take this step forward. This Congress should proudly vote for progress and be Pro-Cure.

Curtis Ellis
202 225-5665 (office)