Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger quickly responded to President Bush's
veto of the Senate stem cell bill with an executive order to loan the
state's beleaguered stem cell research program $150 million.
Unfortunately, Schwarzenegger failed to take this important opportunity
to implement real, enforceable oversight of the California Institute
for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).
71, the initiative that created the CIRM in 2004, specifically exempted
it from oversight by California's elected officials. Its governing
board is riddled with conflicts of interest, and reports to no one.
This lack of accountability is dangerous for CIRM and dangerous
for the research. Along with public funding should come public oversight.
the CIRM's governing board gave final approval to the standards
to be followed by researchers funded by the institute. The institute's
leadership had, once again, considered a loophole in its research
standards to effectively allow payments to women to provide eggs
for research. But after input
from the Center for Genetics and Society and the Pro-Choice Alliance
for Responsible Research, it rejected this loophole.
institute has money, will fund research," San Jose Mercury
News (August 3)
stem cells - Governor missed chance with state loan," Sacramento
Bee (July 24)
Takes Lead in Stem Cell Efforts," Los Angeles Times (July 21)