WASHINGTON, DC – Oklahoma Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), along with Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-SD), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the Patients First Act, which would promote stem cell research without the creation, use, destruction, or discarding of human embryos.
“Human life is sacred at every stage, regardless of a person’s size or degree of dependency,” Lankford said. “I am grateful for the continued work of Senator Wicker on the Patients First Act, which promotes stem cell research without the creation, use, destruction, or discarding of human embryos. Adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem (ipS) cells have shown great therapeutic promise. Let’s put patients first and devote time and resources to treatments that work.”
“Protecting the rights of the unborn is nonnegotiable,” Inhofe said. “I am proud to be a cosponsor of the Patients First Act, legislation that will promote stem cell research without destroying babies in the process—it’s common sense, it promotes advancements for our future, but most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.”
“We do not have to choose between promoting stem cell research and respecting life,” Wicker said. “The Patients First Act would encourage the use of adult stem cells for medical purposes. All Americans can support this ethical and effective alternative to embryonic stem cell research.”
The Patients First Act would: