Dear Senator Shafer:
The Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology agrees that the controversy over embryonic stem cell research should not stand in the way of advancing other types of stem cell research that can be helpful to those with cancer and other medical conditions. In that spirit, we support Senate Bill 148, the “Saving the Cure Act.”
The umbilical cord, placental tissue and amniotic fluid are rich in stem cells that can be used for medical research and treatment.Â We support the proposed creation of the Georgia Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Bank so that we can make the best use of these resources rather than discarding them as so often happens now.Â Ultimately, we believe it will advance medical research and save lives, and we applaud your efforts in this regard.
Board of Directors
Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology