A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT to appropriate funds for stem cell research.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services the sum of twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) for the 2006‑2007 fiscal year to aid in stem cell research.
SECTION 2. This act becomes effective July 1, 2006.
The federal government has entirely dropped the ball on stem cell research. The God of Bush's fever dreams forbids it, and Congress has (once again) fallen in line like good dogs. That leaves the states, and several states are stepping up to the plate. This map (from the Chronicle of Higher Education) shows who is taking action (I'm not sure what the different colors mean).
Look, it's pretty simple: given the benefits that could stem from this research (pun definitely intended), someone is going to do the research. Those jurisdictions that make it possible will see their biotech economies flourish. Those jurisdictions that that can't tell the difference between human life and the embryos left over after fertility treatment will drive progress to go elsewhere.
I don't know much about this bill, but I do know that the anti-science (pro-life, bring back the dark ages, whatever) groups will be contacting their reps and doing their damnedest to convince the NC House that North Carolinians are against funding stem cell research. Don't let that happen. This is easy: Click right here, select your Rep. from the list, and let him or her know that you support funding for stem cell research. Feel free to copy and paste the text below.
I urge you to vote for House Bill 2737, which appropriates funds for stem cell research. This kind of science and the new cures it brings will be good for all, but it will be especially good for North Carolina. Our status as a biotech leader makes NC a prime location for new research, but we will lose that status if we close the door on stem cell research.