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Good News and Bad News on Stem Cells

webfeller   |   April 25, 2005

The GOOD News!
We applaud the House approval of the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act (HR 2520). This legislation, which passed by a vote of 431 to 1, proposed by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), will create a new federally funded stem cell therapeutic and research program for the collection and inventory of umbilical cord blood. We strongly support research and advances using adult stem cells. They have proven effective in treating over 58 diseases and conditions in humans. Importantly, they do not require the deaths of other human beings to further science. Lawmakers have also pointed to the dozens of cures and treatments obtained from adult stem cells and the failure of embryonic stem cells to cure any patients.

The BAD News!
The House also passed HR 810, 238 to 194. However, it was 50 votes short of a veto override. We stand with President Bush in opposing HR 810, which would federally fund the killing of human embryos for research. President Bush has vowed to veto HR 810.

In addition, at the White House, President Bush spoke to a group that included 21 children who were adopted when they were still embryos. The President said, “The children here today remind us that there is no such thing as a spare embryo. Every embryo is unique and genetically complete, like every other human being. And each of us started out our life this way. These lives are not raw material to be exploited, but gifts. And I commend each of the families here today for accepting the gift of these children and offering them the gift of your love.”

Thank you for your dedication to millions of unborn babies. Keep working and praying for protecting their lives!

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