We deeply regret Sen. Frist's endorsement of an embryonic stem cell research policy that would turn living human beings into commodities for exploitation. ... Treating living human embryos as mere fodder for experimentation crosses a vital ethical line and contravenes the sanctity of human life.
I know that the president will listen to what Senator Frist has to say. I'm not saying he's going to agree with it. But what Senator Frist has had to say is weighty, and I think may bring us all together on this issue.
It is a decision that will bring hope to millions of Americans. I know there's still a long ways to go with the legislation, but a large step has been taken by the majority leader today ... and I admire the majority leader for doing it.
As a physician, Senator Frist has a moral calling to save lives and alleviate suffering. He joins Nancy Reagan, dozens of Nobel Laureates, thousands of scientists, and millions of patients across the nation in calling for an end to the restrictions that have shackled the search for new cures. I applaud his courage in putting patients over politics.