"We tuned in to the Senate debate over the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, in which you attempted to argue the futility of adult stem cell research. Using the story of a 12 year-old diabetic girl as an example, you talked passionately about the injustice of children who are forced to "inject [themselves] with insulin 120 times a month." You were quick to say, "Scientists have known about adult stem cells for 40 years and they still haven't brought about a cure for juvenile diabetes." Referring to your young friend, you said, "If adult stem cells could provide a cure for juvenile diabetes, she'd gladly take it."
Well, Senator Harkin, it just so happens that scientists have treated Type 1 diabetes with adult stem cells. While you and your colleagues were busy arguing that embryonic stem cell research is the only avenue for success, scientists were announcing another revolutionary victory using pro-life alternatives. In a breakthrough trial, 93% of young patients using adult stem cell therapy were able to stop taking insulin because their bodies began to produce the hormone naturally again. As the co-author, Dr. Richard Burt, said, "It's the first time in the history of Type 1 diabetes where people have gone with no treatment whatsoever... no medications at all, with normal blood sugars." In 13 cases, the patients didn't need insulin injections up to three years after their treatment ended. But don't take our word for it. Details of this progress, which you hinted was impossible under President Bush's current policies, are published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Although Dr. Burt is American, he was forced to move the trials to Brazil because doctors and leaders like you weren't interested in his approach.
As for the young girl you alluded to on the Senate floor, please give us her name. FRC would be more than willing to fly her and her parents to Brazil if they wish to take part in this trial, which, by your account, does not exist."
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council