Mitt Romney’s Position on Stem Cell Research

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Romney’s Position on Stem Cell Research: There is a lot of information online including a plethora of quotes in regards to Mitt Romney’s position on stem cell research. Complicating the issue for Mitt is the fact that his wife suffers from multiple sclerosis, a disease that may benefit from stem cell research.

His general position in 50 words or less is that he is “pro life,” believing that life begins immediately at conception. Because of that position, he is against the practice of abortion or stem cell research that involves the destruction of human embryos. He opposes government funding of such stem cell research, but has said that it is not unethical to use “excess” embryos from IVF clinics.

“I am in favor of stem cell research. I am not in favor of creating new human embryos through cloning.”
Quoted  5-01-2005, National Review Online

Essentially, he supports finding a “scientific solution” to stem cell research that does not involve the use of human embryos & the ethical dilemma that it presents. (including induced pluripotent stem cells & something called “altered nuclear transfer“)

Here are some good resources if you’d like to dig down more on Romney’s position on stem cell research:

“I believe stem cell research is important to our state, for our nation, and I also believe there should be ethical lines drawn on the appropriate type of research. Stem cell research is important, and I’ll support it, and I’m gonna continue to encourage ethical lines to people be drawn in a way that respects human life…” Quote 5-08-2005, Tempe, Arizona

Have you found any more recent quotes from 2012 from Mitt Romney on stem cell research? Please comment below.

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A Servant Of Jesus August 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Romney needs a stronger stance against this baby killing “science,” although his stance is clearly to not use human embryos

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Piccagani October 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

What are some of the new advances in stem-cell technology today?

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Allie October 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

“The question is not whether progress is right or wrong but rather will society use the new power responsibly” – This quote backs the stance that Romney is taking in his argument. However, does the general public understand the facts or history behind stem cell research? Research started because scientists started realized that cells were the building blocks of life and that they could generate from other cells. Before the general public takes a stance on their ideas towards stem cell research they should learn the history and background behind it. To learn more visit melodyklee(dot)blogspot(dot)com

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Kristen October 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm

It’s nice to see a Republican that will openly say that they support Stem Cell research. Along with that, the fact that he has an emotional tie to the benefit of what could come from it is reassuring as well. As a republican (no comments please) and a strong supporter of Stem Cell research, I am pleased to see that Mitt is all for it as long as it falls in line with his conservative beliefs. Can’t really blame the guy too much for that.

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