State of Rhode Island Archives: on Abortion


Lincoln Chafee: The real potential for cures is in the embryonic stem cells

Q: What about embryonic stem cell research?

CHAFEE: Every scientist is saying that the real potential is in the embryonic stem cells. Thatís where the real potential is for the cures for Alzheimerís, Parkinsonís, spinal cord injuries, and cancer. If the US does not fund that research, itís going to go elsewhere. Some other country is going to take advantage and be in the forefront of solving some of these diseases and curing some of these diseases. Many conservatives did vote for the stem cell bill. Laffey said he would vote against it, thatís hypocritical.

LAFFEY: Itís not hypocritical. I felt it was the wrong business lines. Senator Chafee mentioned one scientist. Itís not every scientist. Itís very few, quite frankly. In the end, the real progress will be made because the problem with embryonic stem cell research is the rejection rate that theyíre finding tumors and all kinds of problems in animals and rats and they havenít made it to humans yet and I donít think they will.

Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Lincoln Chafee: Opposed the Alito nomination on 3 issues, not litmus test

Q: What are you unwilling to accept in a Supreme Court judicial nominee? A: On the last appointment, Alito was replacing O?Connor, a key swing vote on the court. This was a big decision, who is going to replace O?Connor, this key moderate on the Supreme Court. I looked closely at issues and watched Alito to testify in the hearings. Three issues were important to me. The commerce clause in the constitution that has a lot to do of how we do our environmental laws in particular and clean water was just ruled on by the Supreme Court in kind of a haphazard way but under the commerce clause of the constitution. Secondly, the expansion of executive powers and that concerns me greatly. Under the constitution, Bush has used under article 2, section 2 of the constitution that heís the commander in chief to expand executive powers. That concerns me greatly and it was addressed in Alitoís answers. Iím a pro-choice Senator and I had concerns about Roe vs. Wade.
Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Stephen Laffey: Very few scientists believe in embryonic stem cell research

Q: What about embryonic stem cell research?

CHAFEE: Every scientist is saying that the real potential is in the embryonic stem cells. Thatís where the real potential is for the cures for Alzheimerís, Parkinsonís, spinal cord injuries, and cancer. If the US does not fund that research, itís going to go elsewhere. Some other country is going to take advantage and be in the forefront of solving some of these diseases and curing some of these diseases. Many conservatives did vote for the stem cell bill. Laffey said he would vote against it, thatís hypocritical.

LAFFEY: Itís not hypocritical. I felt it was the wrong business lines. Senator Chafee mentioned one scientist. Itís not every scientist. Itís very few, quite frankly. In the end, the real progress will be made because the problem with embryonic stem cell research is the rejection rate that theyíre finding tumors and all kinds of problems in animals and rats and they havenít made it to humans yet and I donít think they will.

Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate (x-ref Chafee) Aug 24, 2006

Stephen Laffey: Donít have any litmus tests for judges

I donít have any litmus tests for judges. Both Whitehouse and Chafee do. Get the right judges down there, over a long period of time, they end up being the kind of people that extend the balance to the US. Itís very, very important that we put independent judges on the court down in Washington. I will help to do that.
Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Carl Sheeler: Roe v. Wade has been decided; keep abortion legal

Source: 2004 R.I. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

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