SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters will have the chance to decide whether the state should continue funding stem cell research when they vote on Proposition 14.
If approved, Prop. 14 would authorize $5.5 billion worth of state bonds for stem cell and other medical research.
Supporters say the research has helped save lives by developing treatments and cures for diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes.
In 2004, voters approved $3 billion to create the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine [CIRM], which is the state’s stem cell agency that was created after the federal government banned funding for embryonic stem cell research.
However, that money is running out and voters must choose if they want to keep CIRM open.
For one Southern California mother, Alysia Vacarro, Prop. 14 is personal. After her daughter was born with a rare genetic disorder, doctors told her she wouldn’t live past the age of two.
Her daughter is now a healthy 8-year-old and Vacarro says that’s all thanks to the funds California voters approved for stem cell research.
The proud mother of three says she never takes any day with her girls