Perdue again expresses opposition to embryonic stem cell research

Gov. Sonny Perdue this morning reemphasized his opposition to embryonic stem cell research, and appeared to endorse the main points of a bill passed by the state Senate that would restrict it.

Gov. Sonny Perdue/Associated Press

Gov. Sonny Perdue/Associated Press

Perdue said he “can not, in my conscience,” support the use of human embryos in stem cell research. His remarks came during a brief news conference at the Georgia Aquarium, and were picked up by my AJC colleague Stacy Shelton.

“I think we can solve some of the tougher issues without sacrificing human embryos,” the governor said. He called the use of human embryos for medical research “unfortunate.”

On Thursday, after much debate, the Senate passed S.B. 169, which stopped short of barring Georgia couples from donating spare embryos created during invitro fertilization to science — but would prohibit the creation of embryos for the purpose of research.

That would rule out one form of embryonic stem cell research — somatic cell nuclear transfers, also known as therapeutic cloning.

“When it comes to acquiescence or being silent about creating human embryos, that’s where Georgia draws the line,” Perdue said.

But the governor also said the state’s stance will not impact economic development or its progressive approach to medical research, and referred to an international biotech convention in May that will attract 20,000 industry.

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March 13th, 2009
4:25 pm

Alternate headline: “Perdue attempts to grab spotlight, appeals to ignorant fundies. ‘I’m relevant! Pay attention to me!’ he cries.”

It’s just sad that this man is the figure who represents our state.


March 13th, 2009
4:58 pm

Thank you, Governor Perdue! Ethics and morals must rule over science or we are all endangered.

I like much of what Charles Krauthammer said on today’s AJC opinion page, including the following:
“I am not religious. I do not believe that personhood is conferred upon conception. But I also do not believe that a human embryo is the moral equivalent of a hangnail and deserves no more respect than an appendix. Moreover, given the protean power of embryonic manipulation, the temptation it presents to science, and the well-recorded human propensity for evil even in the pursuit of good, lines must be drawn.”

Later in the piece Krauthammer calls the embryo a “potential human life.” Actually it is a human life with potential.

President Obama has taken a huge step in the wrong direction–no prohibitions on clones or human-animal hybrids, destruction of human beings for experiments, scientists left to police themselves in the race to patented human products. Our state Senate has made a modest “hold the line” move in SB 169. I am glad the Governor supports that position instead of Obama’s totally utilitarian one.


March 13th, 2009
6:00 pm

Please get me out of this bass-akwards state.


March 13th, 2009
6:23 pm

Oh how I long for the day when we will have a democratic governor again. It seems that the Georgia Republican party has been taken over by talibaptists.

Road Scholar

March 13th, 2009
6:39 pm

Allright if the Bill is amended that the conservatives who oppose science and stem cell research can not use any drug, treatment, or other items that are created using stem cell research or science. If you don’t believe I should have, then you can’t have! What a bunch of goobers!


March 13th, 2009
6:43 pm

Governor Perdue is an idiot. The religious zealots, opining under the banner of pseudo-conservative Republican values, have destroyed this state. They criticize scientists for “sacrificing embryos” but at the same time condemn their fellow humans with established identities and relationships to premature death from diseases that could be cured. These religious zealots are the true murderers.


March 13th, 2009
7:38 pm

I guess Perdue thinks it is ok to throw unwanted embryos in a trash can but it would be tantamont to murder give them to reseachers. Only an able-bodied religous zealot could hold that postion.

Hey Gov…would you like to give the staff at the Shepherd Spinal Center a lecture on why reseachers are morally wrong to be using embryonic stem cells to find a cure for paralysis? I could arrange it for you. I spent two monhs there as a patient after I broke my neck.

But if you do you might want to bring some State Troopers as body guards or you might find yourself in a wheelchair. Those folks don’t suffer idiots on the subject of ESCR, like yourself, very well.


March 13th, 2009
10:46 pm

Gee what a surprise. Perdue, the clueless, you and your fellow GOPeeeerrrs, need to live in the dark ages along with your thoughts. Fruitcakes one and all….


March 14th, 2009
10:03 am

Well said Road Scholar. Just read about Georgia’s governments latest bout of ignorance and came on to say what you just did. If they really believe this is right then they should also be willing to sign an affidavit saying they and their children will not use any drug, treatment, or other items that are created using stem cell or embryonic research.

Taliban Man

March 14th, 2009
9:01 pm

Christian Taliban peoples of Georgia:

You are so right to stand against stem cell research.

Now women must only wear skirts below news with head dress

I see a great relation forthcoming between our peoples

Taliban Man