This just in from the Christopher Reeve Action Network:
Good News: We have a pro-stem cell bill. Let’s get behind it!
The first 100 Days of 2005 are critical for stem cell research and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT or therapeutic cloning). Representatives Mike Castle (R-DE) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) are gearing up to re-introduce the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act in the next few weeks and are asking for your help to build the list of co-sponsors.
This is our opportunity to advance positive legislation that would expand the current policy–announced without a national debate!–by President Bush on August 9, 2001. In recent days, there have been a number of articles written about the limited capacity of the current embryonic stem cell lines eligible for federal funding. (Click here for an article in the Los Angeles Times.) Now is the time to contact your Representative and tell them to support research and to be an original co-sponsor on the Castle-DeGette bill.
The legislation would allow federal funds to be used to conduct research on stem cells that meet the following criteria:
- Embryos were originally created for fertility treatment purposes and are in excess of clinical need;
- The individuals seeking fertility treatments for whom the embryos were created have determined that the embryos will not be implanted in a woman and will be discarded; and
- The individuals for whom the embryos were created have provided written consent for embryo donation.
In short, this bill asks for embryos that would be discarded to be used instead for research with the potential to save lives! We think this bill represents a modest and ethical way to pursue the promise of this field of study.
There is no time to waste. Please join us in our Campaign to Defend Hope:
Spread the word; and
Help save and improve the lives of millions—let’s keep politics out of science!
Take action now. Write your Members of Congress and ask them to proactively support upcoming legislation that would give hope and support scientific research.
Urge Your Senators and Representative to Support Research!
The Christopher Reeve Action Network
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