Mar 09, 2009
Anti-Stem Cell Tedisco Lets Ideology Block Progress
With the president signing a historic executive order that will lift the federal ban on embryonic stem cell research, Jim Tedisco once again finds himself at odds with Upstate families. Sadly, the career Albany politician sides with ideology over science when it comes to research that can potentially save lives and cure diseases.
Just two years ago Tedisco announced his George Bush-like extreme, out-of-touch position that puts his ideology over commonsense scientific progress. Stem cell research provides hope for families who have loved ones suffering from debilitating illnesses such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
"Voters don't want a Congressman cut from the cloth of George Bush like career Albany politician Jim Tedisco," said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
"We need to give Americans suffering from debilitating illnesses every possible chance for a cure without Jim Tedisco's stubborn opposition to stem cell research standing in the way," said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "By opposing potentially life saving research, career Albany politician Jim Tedisco is putting his partisan ideology ahead of progress and the promise of cures for millions of Americans. His extremist views aren't in line with the Upstate families he's hoping to represent."
Jim Tedisco opposed stem cell research in 2007. In 2007, Michael Cuevas, chief counsel for the Assembly Minority, and Tedisco spokesman Phil Oliva said Tedisco does not support embryonic stem-cell research. [Daily Gazette, 3/14/07]
Tedisco also opposed stem cell research in 2006. In 2006, Tedisco opposed a bill to amend the public authorities law to create the New York State Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine.
The bill appropriated $300 million from the state's Health Care Reform Act over two years to foster research into chronic regenerative diseases. The assembly bill banned human cloning with violations bringing a felony criminal charge and civil penalties of up to $1 million. [The Business Review, 1/10/06]
The bill passed 96-35. [A06300A, 1/10/06 Sponsor Memo, New York State Legislature]
...And in 2004 In 2004, Tedisco voted against the Reproductive Cloning Prohibition and Research Protection Act which would allow state funding for stem cell research and set "clear parameters" banning human cloning. [Times-Union, 6/18/04]
New Yorkers for the Advancement in Medical Research praised the bill "which would prohibit the use of reproductive cloning while allowing stem cell research and encourages the Senate to follow suit." [NYAMR Release, 6/17/04]
Assembly Democrats stated that, "New York State could become a leader in ‘stem-cell' research," if the legislation was passed. [New York Sun, 6/18/04]
The bill passed the assembly 96-44. [A6249A, 6/17/04; Sponsor Memo, New York State Legislature]
...And in 2003. In 2003, Tedisco voted against enacting the Cloning Prohibition and Research Protection Act, prohibiting reproductive cloning and declaring the potential benefits of stem cell research and therapeutic cloning in the public interest. The bill passed, 96-46. [A6294A, 3/19/03; Sponsor Memo, New York State Legislature]
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