January 12, 2007
Ohio’s Space pushes stem cells in House
By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON Rep. Zack Space took to the floor of the House on
Thursday to urge colleagues to vote for one of his pet causes —
a bill that would lift restrictions on federal funding of
embryonic stem-cell research.
Space, D-Dover, shared the plight of his 16-year-old son
Nicholas, who suffers from potentially devastating juvenile
He said his son and others who have diabetes, Parkinson’s,
Alzheimer’s and other diseases could benefit from treatments or
cures discovered through stem-cell research.
“The measure before you does not destroy life, it potentially
gives life to those who need it, and it affords purpose to
embryos that are otherwise destined for destruction,” he said.
Most area lawmakers — including Rep. Ralph Regula — joined Space
in voting for the bill, which passed the House 253-174.
President Bush has threatened to veto the legislation if it is
also passed by the Senate.
In a statement Thursday, the administration charged the bill
would “compel all American taxpayers to pay for research that
relies on the intentional destruction of human embryos for the
derivation of stem cells.”
Regula, R-Bethlehem Township, voted for a similar stem-cell bill
last July. That legislation passed Congress but was vetoed by
Among area lawmakers, the only opponent of the latest version of
the legislation was Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-St. Clairsville.
The self-described “pro-life Democrat” opposed the bill because
embryonic stem-cell research results in the destruction of a
human embryo, Wilson spokesman Jason Friedman said.
Space made overturning the limit on federal funding of embryonic
stem-cell research a priority of his campaign. Bush imposed the
limit in 2001, restricting federally supported research to a few
lines of cells that had already been produced.
Reps. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, and Betty Sutton, D-Copley, also voted