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Kerry vows to expand stem-cell research

Sen John Kerry, shown in this undated photo, condemned President Bush's stem-cell research policy on Saturday.
John F. Kerry
Christopher Reeve
Stem-cell research

XENIA, Ohio (CNN) -- Shortly after president Bush criticized his record on health care reform, Sen. John Kerry returned the favor on Saturday, attacking Bush's position on stem cell research.

In his radio address to the nation, Kerry paid tribute to actor Christopher Reeve who died earlier this week.

"His courage, compassion, and determination were an inspiration, and I'm confident that because of his work, millions of Americans will ultimately live healthier lives," said Kerry, adding that the Bush administration banned federal funding for stem cell research.

The ban, according to Kerry, "tied the hands of our scientists and shut down some of our most promising work on spinal cord injuries, Alzheimer's, diabetes, Parkinson's and other life-threatening diseases. (Special Report: America Votes 2004)

"Approximately 100 million Americans suffer from illnesses that may one day be treated or cured with stem-cell therapy," said Kerry, adding that by restricting stem cell research, Bush has turned his back on this hope, and made the wrong choice to sacrifice science for what he calls "extreme right-wing ideology."

Kerry called Bush "stubborn, out of touch, and unwilling to change course."

Kerry promised that, if he is elected, he will lift the ban on federal funding for stem cell research, helping America continue to lead the world in great discoveries "all the while upholding the highest ethical standards."

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