The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy

Joel P. Rutkowski, President

E-Legislative Action Alert

URGENT RESPONSE REQUESTED

Sunday, September 24, 2000

 

STEM CELL RESEARCH ACT OF 2000 (S. 2015)

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (Republican-Mississippi) has promised a vote within the month on the Stem Cell Research Act of 2000 (S. 2015), sponsored by Senator Arlen Spector (Republican-Pennsylvania). This measure constitutes a lifting of the ban on human embryo research, thus allowing federal funding for researchers to kill living human embryos. Federal researchers would be allowed to obtain their own supply of living human embryos, which they could then kill for research purposes under this bill. The death of the embryo results from the very act of harvesting cells from living human embryos. Thus, the deliberate destruction of human embryos would result if this bill were to be enacted.

Destructive embryonic stem-cell research is immoral and unnecessary. Researchers should explore adult stem cell research. Major breakthroughs with adult stem cells have been demonstrated for the last two years. The distinct advantage of adult stem cells is that individuals can use their own cells to regenerate tissue. This procedure totally circumvents the problem of embryonic stem cell immune rejection.

E-LEGISLATIVE ACTION FOCUS

The vote could take place on the "Stem Cell Research Act of 2000," (S. 2015) as early as this week. Please call immediately and urge your senators NOT to support Stem Cell Research Act of 2000 (S. 2015).

Capitol Hill Switchboard Toll-free Number: 877-778-9001 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your senator's office)

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Ask for your senator's office)

To go to a senator's web site, find his E-mail or to find out who he is:

http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm