Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Republican Rep. Andre Jacque goes after Life Saving Scientific Medical Research using Fetal Tissue. Jobs No Big Deal.

Let me get this straight, we're desperately behind other states when it comes to the emerging green energy industry, not to mention high speed rails promise of mass transit, so now we're about to ban important medical research in Wisconsin?

Republican tea party zealot Rep. Andre Jacque shows his cluelessness over cloning in the following statement.
"The only thing that is prohibited under this legislation is the tissue that specifically comes from a child who is aborted," said Rep. Jacque, who believes that would affect only a small number of research projects.
Sly likes to call him Andre Jac-off. So true. His driven ideological agenda sees life saving science as the enemy. WKOW's Greg Neumann:


Rep. Andre Jacque introduced his third piece of legislation this session to restrict abortion-related activities … Jacque's latest bill would outlaw the use of aborted fetal materials in scientific research. Rep. Jacque believes there is no legitimate reason to use aborted fetal tissue in any research or experiments.  But people who are in the bio-tech industry say that's not realistic.
Open for Business? Only the chosen Ones: This is a big money draw for medical research funding and Wisconsin "job creators," all of which would go away if Jacque gets his backward, stone age wish.
And if there is one industry far outpacing the others in Wisconsin, its bio-tech. "We were five percent ahead in job growth during the recession, while the state was six-and-a-half percent behind," said Bryan Renk, Executive Director of BioForward, a lead advocacy group for the bio-tech industry in Wisconsin … Renk says researchers with bio-tech firms and the University of Wisconsin worry jobs would start leaving the state if Assembly Bill 224 becomes law … stem cell lines that come from aborted fetal tissue are used by dozens of Wisconsin research firms, because they are well-established, with some being used since the 1970s. 

"If this language goes through in the State of Wisconsin, then all of a sudden you're a criminal for helping with influenza on an annual basis because you use that cell line?  That's the really chilling part," said Renk. FluGen Inc. is owned by Paul Radspinner, who also sits on the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Renk says FluGen could not continue its research if the legislature passes AB 224. "They would have to shut down," said Renk.
Jacque is not concerned at how this looks nationally, who gets hurt by slowing research, and who leaves the state. Jacque has his strongly held “beliefs” front and center:
Rep. Jacque doesn't believe his bill would force any businesses to shut down or leave the state. "I don't think so. I think if they would, then that certainly speaks very poorly as to their respect for ethical standards," said Rep. Jacque. 

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