Attention Reporters: A Stem Cell Question for Mark Green
Since it seems the Green Team is trying to make the claim that its stance on stem cell research is a nuanced one, I have a question reporters might care to ask Green to clarify even more where he stands on this issue.
First, a little context for the question:
Green has stated that he opposes using government funds for the destruction of embryos. Here is the exact line from Green in a Journal-Sentinel article today: “What I have supported is preventing tax dollars from being used to destroy human embryos.”
Green has also stated that he does not oppose private research that destroys human embryos (see the same JS article cited above).
Research that seeks to develop new embryonic stem cell lines destroys embryos. The research on those lines, once developed, does not require the destruction of embryos.
Now, onto the question itself:
Congressman Green, since you oppose using government funds for research that destroys embryos but support private research that destroys embryos, do you support government funding of research on new embryonic stem cell lines developed through privately-funded research?
And here are some follow-up questions, depending on how Green responds…
If yes, does this mean that – if elected governor – you would be willing to allocate state funds for research on new embryonic stem cell lines once they have been developed privately?
Also, are you aware that this is the position the Clinton Administration held on embryonic stem cell research, as well as the one currently held by the European Union, and that it’s in stark contrast to the position maintained by the Bush Administration?
If no, since the research on new lines does not involve the destruction of embryos, on what grounds do you oppose publicly funding it?
This series of questions will serve the dual purpose of clarifying exactly where Green stands on the issue of embryonic stem cell research and further educating the public about the true scope of this debate.