Michael J. Fox Urges Congress on Stem Cell Bill

Actor Michael J. Fox made a trip to Washington, DC, this morning to
press on with his campaign to lift US President George W. Bush’s restrictions on
embryonic stem cell research.

Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, spoke at a Capitol Hill news
conference in the hopes that a change can be made after his tireless protests.

He said, “Embryonic stem cell research holds enormous promise. More federal
funding and more lines are needed or progress will stall.”

Stem cell research on human embryos holds the most promise in the search for
cures for a list of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and
some types of cancer.

The Senate is considering a House-passed bill to lift Bush’s 2001
restrictions on federal funding for such studies, but the measure is facing
stiff resistance from conservatives who believe the process is unethical
because it destroys embryos.

Dana Reeve, widow of Superman star Christopher Reeve, was expected to appear
with Fox today but had to cancel for family reasons. Her husband’s spinal cord
injury is one condition for which embryonic stem cell research holds the
promise of a cure.

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