Action Alert: House to vote on Weldon Bill

The House of Representatives will be voting on Congressman Dave Weldon?s (R-FL) legislation – The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003 as early as February 25th.
The bill would ban all forms of cloning, including somatic cell nuclear transfer, also called therapeutic cloning. Therapeutic cloning is vital to the development of new therapeutics that could assist millions of Americans. Congressman Weldon?s bill criminalizes the very biomedical research that may provide the best hope to finding cures for Alzheimer?s disease, ALS, diabetes, various cancers, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. We all agree, human reproductive cloning is unsafe and unethical; CAMR has repeatedly called on Congress to enact a ban on human reproductive cloning. However, a ban on therapeutic cloning would only dash the hopes of millions of Americans suffering from deadly and debilitating diseases.
H.R. 801, an alternative bill, has been introduced by Representatives Jim Greenwood (R-PA), Peter Deutsch (D-FL), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Mark Kirk (R-IL). This would allow research using therapeutic cloning, while maintaining the same criminal penalties of Congressman Weldon’s bill. Congressman Greenwood will try and offer this bill as a substitute during the House debate. Tell your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 534 and to instead support research and vote YES on H.R. 801.
Somatic cell nuclear transfer is about saving and improving lives. Go to www.camradvocacy.org, and follow the steps to contact Congress.

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