FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 19, 2009
AUL Applauds Oklahoma for Adult Stem Cell Research Funding Agreement
Oklahoma City — An agreement with the Tobacco Settlement Fund was finalized yesterday that authorized state funding of adult stem cell research, allotting $5.5 million towards the research over the next five years.
Maressa Treat, Oklahoma State Director for Americans United for Life, stated, “We are pleased we were able to help Representative John Enns realize the goal of substantial state funding for adult stem cell research. It is this research that shows such great promise for substantial medical advances while avoiding the ethical problems of stem cell research using human embryos.”
Daniel McConchie, Vice President of Government Affairs for Americans United for Life, commented, “We applaud and thank Representative Enns for his hard work in relentlessly pursuing state funding for this vital research. We encourage every state to take Oklahoma’s lead in providing substantial funding for medical research using adult stem cells.”
About Americans United for Life
Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. The Wall Street Journal has profiled AUL, and PBS’ Frontline program chronicled AUL’s successful efforts in Mississippi.