Michael J. Fox fights for stem-cell research

Michael J. Fox, the actor who left Spin City because of his struggle with Parkinson's disease, visited Capitol Hill for a news conference this Wednesday, July 13. Fox is urging Congress to pass a bill easing President George Bush's restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research.

Bush has limited funding to research on the 65 suitable stem-cell lines already in existence, and the bill in question would open funding for research involving 400,000 frozen embryos that were created for in vitro fertilization. If not used for stem-cell research, most of the embryos would be destroyed. The bill would not fund the creation of more embryos.

Fox has called the proposed legislation a "pro-living bill" and stated that "embryonic stem-cell research holds enormous promise. More federal funding and more lines are needed, or progress will stall." He also said that with his decision on the bill, Bush "has an opportunity to do something fantastic for the world."

Human stem cells, formed in the earliest stages of embryonic development, are unique in their ability to become one of 130 different types of human tissue. Researchers believe that stem-cell research may hold the key to cures for many kinds of diseases, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

Fox is joined in his campaign by many other celebrities. Former first lady Nancy Reagan has been a longtime supporter of stem-cell research, along with actress Mary Tyler Moore, who suffers from diabetes and who visited Washington, DC this June to speak with a Senate committee regarding the issue. Dana Reeve, wife of the late actor Christopher Reeve, is also a champion of the bill. The spinal cord condition that kept her husband paralyzed is one of the maladies that could possibly be cured through stem-cell research.

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What kind of horror vision is that tries to restrict the progress of real life?
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Those who give no respect to Michael Fox, I would recommend you to go another boards.



Nobody wants their idols to be insulted.



if u want people to like u, people, don't insult whom u really dislike.



be respectful and considerate. you will find your life easier to live on.
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Michael isn't shameful enough that RagDolly can force him to go back to canada, RagDolly is the most shameful person.



talk back to normal, if MJF really fakes his illness right? why don't he choose to lie that he "got parkinson" when it was 1982 Family ties or 1985 BTTF? he was just 21 in 82(family ties) and 24 in BTTF1. Please give respect , those who said MJF stupid or MJF lifeless. Do you want your idol being insulted...?



so please, if u want respect from people, respect others first. thank you.



I don't think MJF is wrong, because he is just testing the stem cells, to cure parkinson's



Many people (especially elderly ppl) got parkinson's and can only face death without hope. If MJF succeed, that is blessing to many people, not just MJF himself.



MJF is my pride. he is every MJF-fan's pride.
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This is a great cause, please support it everyone
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The only downside is that it takes having a famous person attached to this issue for it to start being more in the public eye.
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Fight Michael. We are all behind you

Ely
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Well I'm all for it,good luck Michael!
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More power to you Michael. Give 'em hell.
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I think this is something that is worth putting funds into and that Bush should support it.
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Good Luck Michael ;) you'll need it trying to change a puppets mind, the hard part is finding it.
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I think its great what he's doing and hope to one day beable to help out in some way too.
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