But Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, who testified as a witness during the hearing, said the research using fetal tissue for stem cell research raises “profound moral and ethical challenges.”
He argued profusely against using taxpayer money to fund it.
“This is a matter of conscience for me but more importantly it is a matter of conscience for millions of Americans,” he said. “The question is whether the federal government should be subsidizing it.”
Wicker proposed that scientists “reprogram” adult stem cells — which have been widely successful in treating various medical conditions — to “act like embryonic stem cells.”
“Adult stem cells are the ones that are treating people now,” Wicker said. “An estimated 50,000 adult stem cells transplants are occurring annually worldwide.”