September 18, 2020

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Rick Santorum opposes federal funding of all stem cell research including adult in new video

Rick Santorum.

When you read that name, what do you think?

Expert on science and research funding?

For the most part people would say “heck, no!”

However, in fact, Santorum had a strong track record as a senator in supporting NIH funding. That’s a fact.

But now Santorum has gone off the deep end.

The former GOP Senator and Presidential primary hopeful is not exactly known for his moderate views. However, his new video (below) contains some of the most extreme statements I’ve ever heard him make.

His YouTube video promotes his definition of “ethical” stem cell research via the John Paul II Research Lab.

At the end of this video, Santorum says something truly astonishing.

Santorum claims that no governmental funding at all for any kind of stem cell research is needed.

No federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is needed, says Santorum, and he goes on to say we don’t need funding of adult stem cell research.

Holy cow.

“Let’s do it ourselves” he says. Santorum also says more broadly “We don’t need government”.

Really?

The required amount of stem cell research of various kinds that needs to be done, in my opinion based on following the field for years, requires funding in total of at least $1 billion a year.

Of course government funding of both adult stem cell research and ES cell studies are required. I’m very surprised that Santorum opposes both in this odd new video….it is possible this video will be taken down and re-shot or edited, but for now Santorum clearly opposes research funding for adult stem cell research.

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