Urgent!  Action Alert

HOUSE TO VOTE ON WELDON BILL

 

The House of Representatives is Planning to Vote on

The Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003

 

This Bill Bans Potential Life Saving Treatments!

 

WRITE/CALL/EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

 

Urge Them to Vote Against H.R. 534 and

Support Research by Supporting H.R. 801

 

Please Take a Few Minutes to Visit the

Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research Website

www.camradvocacy.org

and Take Action In Support of

Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer Research

 

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), that 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.

 

Make your support of SCNT known!!!!!

Talking Points

 

·          Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is not the science fiction you see in movies, but rather a reasonable and appropriate way to alleviate the horrors faced by patients suffering from deadly and painful diseases.

·          Cloning is widely used, vital medical tool that has allowed scientists and researchers to develop powerful new drugs; produce insulin and useful bacteria in the lab; track the origins of biological weapons; catch criminals and free innocent people; and produce new plants and livestock to help feed an undernourished world population.

·          The nation’s leading scientists, including two prestigious committees of the National Academy of Sciences, agree that cloning to reproduce humans should be illegal, but that SCNT (or therapeutic cloning) should be permitted.

·          SCNT is a research technique to develop cells that can be used to treat or cure chronic and degenerative diseases and disorders.  The process has nothing to do with sexual reproduction.  Its sole purpose is research to meet unmet medical needs.

·          By moving stem cell research forward, SCNT could bring new hope to the nearly 100 million Americans who suffer from cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, hepatitis, Parkinson’s disease and other devastating conditions for which treatments must still be found.

 

The Weldon bill would have devastating results.

 

It would:

 

·          Ban SCNT, or therapeutic cloning, cutting-off hope to millions of Americans with life-threatening diseases;

·          Make it illegal for U.S. citizens to seek SCNT treatment abroad;

·          Send a U.S. scientist to jail for developing SCNT therapies in a petri dish;

·          Make it illegal for U.S. scientists to import SCNT therapies that were developed in other countries. 

 

The Greenwood bill would protect scientific research.

 

It would:

 

·          Prohibit human reproductive cloning and impose criminal and civil penalties;

·          Allows SCNT research, which has the potential to cure life-threatening diseases;

·          Maintains physician and patient access to life-saving therapies by allowing scientists to continue SCNT research in the U.S. without fear of reprisal.