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Richard Randall on Abortion


Supports embryonic stem-cell research in private sector

Q: Your views on embryonic stem-cell research?

A: Stem cell research has become associated with abortion because it can involve the use of embryonic stem cells. There is a great deal of misunderstanding concerning the current laws and policies surrounding this topic. In truth, there is no total restriction on stem cell research in the United States. The restrictions imposed are for "embryonic stem cell research" and the policy restricts utilizing federal funds (tax dollars) for embryonic stem cell research, it does not ban all stem cell research as the public is often lead to believe. Researchers in the United States are free to use pre-existing lines using federal money and new lines using private funding to pursue embryonic stem cell research.

I will support stem-cell research by the private sector, but would withhold federal funds (tax dollars) from use in this research because the U.S. Constitution does not provide for the federal funding of biomedical research.

Source: E-mail exchange with OnTheIssues.org Oct 17, 2004

Opposes federal funding for all research including stem-cell

Q: Your views on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research?

A: Embryonic stem cell research in fact is flourishing at Universities as well as through private grants across the United States. Not to mention the work being accomplished worldwide. The report "Monitoring Stem Cell Research" by The President's Council on Bioethics released in January 2004 does a great job of separating the fact from fiction in regards to current policy regarding stem cell research in the United States. I will support stem-cell research by the private sector, but would withhold federal funds (tax dollars) from use in this research because the U.S. Constitution does not provide for the federal funding of biomedical research.

Source: E-mail exchange with OnTheIssues.org Oct 17, 2004

Keep government out of the abortion question

Recognizing that abortion is a very sensitive issue and that people, including libertarians, can hold good-faith views on both sides, I believe the government should be kept out of the question. I condemn state-funded and state-mandated abortions. It is particularly harsh to force someone who believes that abortion is murder to pay for another's abortion.
Source: Campaign website, www.lpcocandidates.org/randall/, "Issues" Oct 14, 2004

Abortion and stem-cell research are victimless crimes

Activities which do not affect anyone but the actor have been criminalized by government on the basis of encoding a particular morality into law. Only actions that infringe on the rights or damage the property of others can properly be termed crimes. Laws pertaining to "victimless crimes" should be repealed. These "crimes" include assisted suicide, same-sex unions, sexual acts between consenting adults, drug prohibition, and, while arguable, abortion and stem cell research.
Source: Campaign website, www.lpcocandidates.org/randall/, "Issues" Oct 14, 2004

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