Senator Kissel Clarifies Stance on Stem Cell Research

January 24, 2005

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) today clarified his support of legislation that would authorize stem cell research in the state of Connecticut. Senator Kissel is in favor of adult stem cell research, but stops short of endorsing embryonic stem cell research.

“While there are potential scientific and economic advantages to certain types of stem cell research, I still have several reservations with the state fully authorizing embryonic stem cell research,” said Senator Kissel. “The proposed legislation would allow human embryos to be fertilized, only to be killed five days later. This type of experimentation is leading us down a road towards a more serious practice that many people in my district and across the state of Connecticut find objectionable.”

“In my mind, we need to proceed more cautiously and draw the line at embryonic research. These are brand new scientific waters that we, as a society, are navigating and I believe that we should take every precaution so that we don’t push ourselves too far and too fast,” continued Senator Kissel. “The consequences of improper research can be as harmful to our society as the potential cures for diseases can be helpful.”

“Nevertheless, I am hopeful the General Assembly can construct legislation that authorizes the study of certain stem cells and, as importantly, puts in place the proper safeguards and so that the state can effectively monitor and control the research.”

Senator Kissel is a Deputy Minority Leader of the state Senate. He is the Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee, the Human Services Committee and the Select Committee on Aging and also serves on the Regulations Review Committee. He was elected to his seventh term representing East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks this past November.