"As I said throughout my Senate campaign, I support the current federal policy funding embryonic stem cell research. There have been several encouraging scientific developments that hold promise for the treatment of a number of diseases and conditions. In particular, advances in amniotic stem cell and adult-cell reprogramming research give new hope for scientific breakthroughs.
"In addition, I support increased funding for research on umbilical cord and placenta stem cells as well as the possibility of embryonic stem cell research methods that do not destroy the embryo. I also support increased funding for basic health research through the National Institutes of Health.
"I remain opposed to federal funding for research that involves the destruction of living embryos. That is why I cannot support S.5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.
"Over the past several months, I have met with many people on all sides of this issue. I have listened carefully, especially to those whose loved ones are suffering from serious diseases and disabilities and who disagree with my position. I deeply respect their views and hope they can come to understand mine."