Kaine Blocks Stem Cell Funding In VA
by Josh Orton, Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 09:23:43 AM EDT
Democratic National Committee chair and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine just set his state back:
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has signed a bill into law banning the use of some state funds for embryonic stem cell research.
It contains language inserted by the General Assembly that would prevent a state fund from providing dollars to organizations or businesses that undertake "research in Virginia on human cells or tissue derived from induced abortions or from stem cells obtained from human embryos."
Kaine's support for the legislation is not surprising: He is a staunch Catholic who has long opposed using taxpayer money for embryonic stem cell research. But the platform of the Democratic Party, now headed by Kaine at Obama's behest, describes embryonic stem cell research as "research that could save lives."
This isn't a departure from Kaine's personal beliefs. But given that all of the Democrats trying to succeed Kaine support public funding for stem cell research, this doesn't seem like a decision that represent his Virginia constituency, let alone his national one.