Congressional Alert: Urge Congress to Reject Embryo-Killing Research.WASHINGTON (June 1, 2006)The U.S. Senate will soon take up legislation to authorize federal funding of the type of stem cell stem cell
In living organisms, an undifferentiated cell that can produce other cells that eventually make up specialized tissues and organs. There are two major types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. research that requires killing human embryoslegislation that would overturn President Bush's ban on such funding.
The bill (H.R. 810), which is strongly opposed by National Right to Life, already passed the House of Representatives a year ago.
Your help is needed! Please communicate with your two U.S. senators, urging them to support President Bush's pro-life policy and to oppose H.R. 810.
The Senate might also take up one or more additional bills dealing with other ethical issues relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc medical research. Please check the Legislative Action Center on the NRLC NRLC National Right to Life Committee (since 1973; Washington, DC)
NRLC National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property website for the latest updates.
You can send messages to your senators by e-mail, telephone, fax, or U.S. mail. Details appear below.
President Bill Clinton, near the end of his administration, took steps to authorize federal funding of research using stem cells stem cells, unspecialized human or animal cells that can produce mature specialized body cells and at the same time replicate themselves. Embryonic stem cells are derived from a blastocyst (the blastula typical of placental mammals; see embryo), which is very young obtained by killing human embryosembryos originally created by in vitro fertilization in vitro fertilization (vē`trō, vĭ`trō), technique for conception of a human embryo outside the mother's body. Several ova, or eggs, are removed from the mother's body and placed in special laboratory culture dishes (Petri dishes); in infertility infertility, inability to conceive or carry a child to delivery. The term is usually limited to situations where the couple has had intercourse regularly for one year without using birth control. clinics. However, after President Bush took office in January 2001, he blocked such funding. President Bush's policy, announced in August 2001, allowed federal funds Federal Funds
Funds deposited to regional Federal Reserve Banks by commercial banks, including funds in excess of reserve requirements.
These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve to be used only for research on "cell lines" derived from human embryos before the adoption of the policy.
H.R. 810 would overturn President Bush's pro-life policy. This bill would authorize federally funded research using stem cells from human embryos who are donated by their biological parents; the process of removing the stem cells will kill the embryos. The House passed the bill on May 24, 2005, by a vote of 238194.
A companion bill, S. 471, sponsored by Senators Arlen Specter Arlen "Phil" Specter (born February 12 1930) is a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Republican Party, and was first elected in 1980. Biography
Early life and career (R-Pa.) and Tom Harkin Thomas Richard "Tom" Harkin (born November 19, 1939) is a Democratic Senator from Iowa, serving in his fourth senate term. A Democrat, he is currently Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Early life
Harkin was born in Cumming, Iowa. (D-Ia.), currently has 42 cosponsors. To see an always-current list of the cosponsors of S. 471, go to http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/issues/ and click on "S. 471."
Take Action Now!
Please urge all senators to oppose federal funding of research that requires killing human embryos, and in particular, to oppose H.R. 810.
Urge other pro-life citizens to do the same. Utilize newsletters, church bulletins, call-in radio shows, and other means to alert pro-life citizens to this crucial fight. Also, write letters or op-ed essays for local newspapers, highlighting the critical votes that federal lawmakers will soon cast.
Key Points in Support of the Pro-Life Policy
* Each human being begins as a human embryo. Tell your senators that you agree with President Bush that the government should not fund research that requires the killing of human embryos.
* Stem cells can be obtained without killing human embryos, from umbilical cord blood umbilical cord blood Transplantation A source of primitive and stem cells that can be used to reconstitute BM destroyed by aplastic anemia or by RT or chemotherapy for CA, lymphoproliferative malignancies. See Bone marrow transplantation, Stem cell therapy. and from various types of adult tissue. Already, humans with over 60 different disease conditions have received therapeutic benefit from treatment with such "adult stem cells Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells found throughout the body that divide to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues. Also known as somatic (from Greek Σωματικóς, of the body ." In contrast, embryonic stem cells Embryonic stem cells (ES cells) are stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of an early stage embryo known as a blastocyst. Human embryos reach the blastocyst stage 4-5 days post fertilization, at which time they consist of 50-150 cells.
ES cells are pluripotent. have not been tested in humans at all because of the dangers, including frequent formation of tumors. Encourage your senators to support funding of research on stem cells taken from adults and other sources that do not involve harm to human embryos or other humans.
* Those who favor federal funding of research that kills human embryos sometimes claim that these embryos "will be discarded anyway," but this need not be so. Many human embryos have been adopted while still embryos, or simply donated by their biological parents to other infertile in·fer·tile
Not capable of initiating, sustaining, or supporting reproduction.
adj unable to produce offspring. couples, and are happy children today. Tell your senators that you favor "human embryo adoption, not dissection dissection /dis·sec·tion/ (di-sek´shun)
1. the act of dissecting.
2. a part or whole of an organism prepared by dissecting. ."
For additional information on ethical and unethical unethical
said of conduct not conforming with professional ethics. forms of stem cell research, see the material available at www.stemcellresearch.org and the NRLC Human Embryos webpage at http://www.nrlc.org/killing_embryos/index.html.
Different Ways to Communicate with Members of Congress
To communicate quickly and effectively with your senators' offices, use the NRLC Legislative Action Center at http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/home/.
This resource will help you easily send messages to your two U.S. senators in opposition to federal funding of embryo-killing research.
Once you are at the Legislative Action Center, click on the latest Action Alert that deals with this issue. You will be shown suggested e-mail messages (which are easy to modify) to send to lawmakers, with different messages for sponsors and nonsponsors of the bad bills.
You can communicate with your senators by calling their Washington, D.C., offices through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If you are unsure of who represents you, just give the operator the name of your state, and you will be connected to the correct offices.
It is very helpful to also call the local in-state offices of your senators. Those numbers are available on the NRLC website's Legislative Action Center under "Elected Officials," at http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/dbq/officials/.
If you prefer to fax a letter, you can use the tab "Elected Officials" (http://www.capwiz.com/nrlc/dbq/officials/) to find the fax numbers of your senators (for any who chooses to publish a fax number). You can also obtain such fax numbers by telephoning your senators' offices (see above), or by referring to congressional websites such as www.senate.gov.
You can communicate with your senators by U.S. mail at the following addresses (however, delivery of U.S. mail to congressional offices is often delayed for a long time by security-related processing):
Washington, D.C. 20510
Please Help NRLC Oppose This Legislation
If you obtain a response from a senator, or any other information on any lawmaker's position on this issue (including information reported in the press), please forward it to NRLC by e-mail to Legfederal@aol.com (preferred), or by fax to (202) 347-3668, or by U.S. mail to NRLC, Federal Legislation Department, 512-10th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20004-1401.