Next, it will go to the Texas Senate.
If signed into law, it will become the first time that adult stem cell therapy is legal in the U.S., but only in the state of Texas. Perhaps other states will then follow.
To quote Texas State Representative Tan Parker, one of the authors of the bill:
“The adult stem cell is an amazing creation. Every human being is equipped with millions of cells, yet the stem cell is the one cell in your body that has the ability to regenerate, repair, and adapt. Many doctors and researchers all over the world have spent billions of dollars looking for cures to disease and sickness, and yet potential treatments for numerous illnesses are blocked by the FDA, right at our fingertips. Unfortunately, hundreds of patients must travel out of the United States every year to experience the miracles of adult stem cell treatments that are currently prohibited in the U.S.
For these reasons, I filed House Bill 810 to break down bureaucratic barriers for Texas to become one of the first states to allow terminally ill and chronically diseased patients to utilize biological, life-saving adult stem cell treatment in a more expedient manner.
Thank you to each of the members of the Texas House for coming together last night in honor of Charlie’s Law. With your support, we have provided Texans with greater liberty and freedom to pursue medical treatment that they deserve.”
The law would be known as “Charlie’s Law,” in honor of former Texas Representative Charlie Howard. As Representative Tan Parker explains:
“During my first few terms in the Texas House, I served with former State Representative Charlie Howard, who passed away last Monday, May 1, 2017, at 74 years of age after a long battle with cancer. Recently, Charlie was told that stem cells were the only thing that could save him, but unfortunately, he was too weak to travel outside of the country to receive this necessary, life-saving treatment.
As such, he was extraordinarily passionate about stem cells and incredibly supportive of House Bill 810. Without a doubt, I am certain that if stem cells had already been available for medical use, he would have had the opportunity to stay in his home state while seeking out the treatment that ultimately could have allowed him to live a longer life.
In honor of his life and service, House Bill 810 is now known as Charlie’s Law.”