Word: Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act

Senate says no to embryo creation for stem cell research.

The "Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act," which passed the state Senate last week, would outlaw the creation of human embryos for the purposes of stem cell research linked to treating Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative neurological disorders.

"I am absolutely opposed to creating embryos to cure a disease."

— Gov. Sonny Perdue, quoted March 10 by the Associated Press

“Human cloning efforts could possibly lead to embryo farms, shades of movies such as The Island, where humans are cloned for their body parts.”

— Daniel Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, in a March 10 AJC op-ed

"I don’t believe in the destruction of human life in the interests of science. … I don’t think it was right when [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele|Dr. Josef Mengele] did it.”

— State Sen. Preston Smith, R-Rome, during the Senate debate

“At exactly the time the president of the United States has said he’s putting science above politics, we’re sending the unmistakable message that Georgia is anti-science.”

— State Sen. David Adelman, D-Decatur, during the Senate debate

(Photo courtesy Preston Smith)