Congratulations Senator Shafer. From the Telegraph:
Gov. Sonny Perdue on Friday signed an executive order he said would pave the way for a network of umbilical cord blood banks in Georgia.
Cord blood is rich in stem cells, which have been used to treat cancers and some genetic diseases. But Perdue’s order sidestepped the highly controversial use of embryonic stem cells, which the scientific community believes holds the most promise in curing disease.
Although President Bush has limited the use of federal funds for research on most types of embryonic stem cell, some states – like California and Illinois – have moved to provide taxpayer money to research.
Opponents of embryonic stem cell research believe it is immoral because it destroys an embryo, which some consider to be human life. Supporters, including some who oppose abortion, believe it holds the key to curing devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
The order Perdue signed on Friday would create a 15-member commission charged with establishing postnatal tissue and fluid banks. The commission would work in partnership with universities, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and private firms.
“Cord blood treatments are an ethically responsible way to relieve suffering and save lives,