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The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > First Lady Defends Limits on Stem Cell Research

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > First Lady Defends Limits on Stem Cell Research: "First Lady Defends Limits on Stem Cell Research
By RANDY KENNEDY

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Aug. 9 - Venturing forcefully into one of the more contentious issues of the campaign, Laura Bush on Monday defended the limits her husband has imposed on embryonic stem cell research and criticized those who suggest that the research could lead quickly to cures for Alzheimer's and other diseases.
'I hope that stem cell research will yield cures and therapies for a myriad of illnesses,' Mrs. Bush told an audience about 300 supporters, many of them doctors and nurses, at a campaign event in Langhorne, Pa. 'But I know that embryonic stem cell research is very preliminary and the implication that cures for Alzheimer's are around the corner is just not right, and it's really not fair to the people who are watching a loved one suffer from this disease.'
The remarks were a thinly veiled reference to comments by Ron Reagan, who suggested loosening restrictions on the research in a speech at the Democratic National Convention, just six weeks after the death of his father, former President Ronald Reagan, who had Alzheimer's."

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