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    Embryonic Stem Cell Research Trouble In Texas

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6350797.html


    We have some of the best medical centers and worst legislators in the country.

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    Texas version of an April Fools joke?


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    This is from Don Reed

    ONE PHONE CALL—TO SAVE TEXAS STEM CELL RESEARCH RIGHTS!--by Don
    Posted by: "Stephen Meyer" Stephen276@comcast.net stephen_meyer_stemcells
    Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:17 am (PDT)

    ONE PHONE CALL—TO SAVE TEXAS STEM CELL RESEARCH RIGHTS!

    by
    Don C. Reed

    Dear Friends:

    Anti-research forces in Texas are trying to pull a fast one, to kill all
    hopes for embryonic stem cell research in the state, permanently. They
    are doing it two ways.

    First, Senator Steve Ogden (R-Bryan) "quietly" inserted a
    24-word provision banning state funds for any form of embryonic stem
    cell research-- into the Texas budget (SB 1). If the budget passes
    (which it must) as is, the research is effectively banned.

    According to the Dallas Morning News, "The Senate finance committee,
    which Ogden heads, took only two minutes to consider his rider. It says,
    "No funds appropriated under this act shall be used in conjunction
    with or to support research which involves the destruction of a human
    embryo."—R. T. Garrett, Dallas Morning News, March 30, 2009.

    Senator Ogden did not allow research scientists or patient advocates to
    speak.

    Afterwards, Ogden was asked if that provision would kill embryonic stem
    cell research in Texas. He reportedly responded, "If that one
    doesn't, my next one will."

    Second, Senator Ogden's bill, SB 1695, would "…end all
    embryonic stem cell research…in any of the laboratories of our
    state. Even private institutions like Baylor College of Medicine would
    be affected because they receive state funding."—Texas research
    advocate Dr. Ralph Dittman, cited in Huffington Report.

    Folks, the debate on the Texas budget begins Wednesday, which is
    TOMORROW.

    Any chance you could make one phone call, to try and preserve Texas stem
    cell research? (Which, by the way, is very much worth fighting for; I
    will tell you later about some of the outstanding scientists in the Lone
    Star state.)

    It doesn't matter where you live. Texas voters have the most
    importance of course, but right now, the main thing is to make some
    noise. This is attack legislation- - in a state which has the
    possibility of genuinely vast amounts of research, as much as three
    billion dollars for cancer alone. We dare not lose the enormous
    contributions of this vital state.

    As always, Texans for the Advancement of Medical Research, TAMR, is
    leading the charge against this insidious infringement on research
    rights.

    Friend Judy Haley, immediate past President of TAMR, says:

    "This is the worst situation we have ever had… an emerging
    disaster. They (the rider to the budget, SB 1, and the bill, SB
    1695--dr) would ban ALL hESC in Texas in any research facility that
    receives any state funding—(including) all our public and private
    labs. This would be a disaster, not only in Texas, but as a model for
    how to do it (damaging legislation) for the rest of the nation."

    Joe Brown, current President of TAMR suggests a message:

    First, if you live in Texas:

    Click on this link http://www.fyi. legis.state. tx.us/
    <http://www.fyi. legis.state. tx.us/> and enter your home address under
    "who represents me" to find your senator and their phone number.

    CALL OR FAX YOUR STATE SENATOR WITH THE MESSAGE:

    "Stem cell research is important to me, to my family, and to
    millions of Texans; it is unacceptable for the Texas Legislature to pass
    any bill or rider which restricts embryonic stem cell research done
    under National Academy of Science ethical guidelines. I want Senator
    ____________ _ to actively work to make sure that neither SB 1's
    prohibitive rider nor SB 1965 do not become part of Texas law."

    Don't live in Texas?

    Call anyway.

    Three calls you could make:

    1. David Dewhurst, President of the Senate and Lt. Governor: (512)
    463-0001
    2. Jim Pitts, Chairman of House Appropriations Committee: (512)
    463-0516
    3. Joe Straus, Speaker of the House: (512) 463-0516

    Nothing fancy is required. Just tell whoever answers that you oppose the
    anti-embryonic stem cell research rider on the Texas budget this year,
    and also you oppose SB 1695.

    You might even tell them why, maybe mentioning a condition which affects
    you or a loved one.

    The opposition calls itself "right to life" people. But the way
    I see it, my sister Barbara has both cancer and leukemia, and she has a
    right to life as well.

    Please make that phone call; it will take you five minutes, and it could
    make the difference.

    To help heal our loved ones—stand tall for Texas today!

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    done it

    however joe struas number is (512) 463-0686

    below pitts and him are the same

    Call anyway.

    Three calls you could make:

    1. David Dewhurst, President of the Senate and Lt. Governor: (512)
    463-0001
    2. Jim Pitts, Chairman of House Appropriations Committee: (512)
    463-0516
    3. Joe Straus, Speaker of the House: (512) 463-0516

    Nothing fancy is required. Just tell whoever answers that you oppose the
    anti-embryonic stem cell research rider on the Texas budget this year,
    and also you oppose SB 1695.

    You might even tell them why, maybe mentioning a condition which affects
    you or a loved one.
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    Punted to "budget negotiators"

    FROM THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS:

    The Senate decided to punt the embryonic stem cell research controversy to House-Senate budget negotiators, according to Sen. Kip Averitt, R-Waco (right).

    In their lunchtime huddle behind closed doors, senators decided not to try to rewrite today the embryonic stem cell research funding ban, Averitt said. As passed by the Finance Committee, 6-5, last week, the provision bars using funds in the budget for research that involves destruction of human embryos. Averitt said had he been present last week, he would have voted against and the provision would have died on a tie vote -- assuming Ogden couldn't find another "aye" vote.

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    "No funds appropriated under this act shall be used in conjunction
    with or to support research which involves the destruction of a human
    embryo."

    Would asking to have the words "creation or" before destruction work as well at having this kind of amendment tossed completely?
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

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    That really stinks. We just held one from passing in GA for the third straight year. Get organized no matter what state you live in. Gather groups together to fight. We joined the infertility crowd, MS, SCI, TBI, 3 major universities and several research consortiums. We are meeting to expand our alliances and be even better prepared next year because we will have to fight it again next year.

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    Texas? Who's honestly is surprised, if not expected? Marjory of that state is composed with half ass backwards, gun totting hypocritical in-breed rednecks, whom understands progress to be the family affair known as "Saturday Night Lynching"
    Mark my words, Utah's next. After-all, any state whom doesn't understand such concepts as "Separation of Church and State" are sure to follow suit.
    Am I wrong? Try visiting those states sometime then get back to me......
    Its a damn shame when still this day in Age, Futures are Dictated by Ignorance.......
    Shame soo many are too Stupid and Greedy to realize what truly matters in life.
    "Only when its too late, do people understand....." (Most anyway.....)
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    I may do a Trick....

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    Quote Originally Posted by patricks View Post
    Texas? Who's honestly is surprised, if not expected? Marjory of that state is composed with half ass backwards, gun totting hypocritical in-breed rednecks, whom understands progress to be the family affair known as "Saturday Night Lynching"
    Mark my words, Utah's next. After-all, any state whom doesn't understand such concepts as "Separation of Church and State" are sure to follow suit.
    Am I wrong? Try visiting those states sometime then get back to me......
    Its a damn shame when still this day in Age, Futures are Dictated by Ignorance.......
    I disagree with it, but it's fair. If residents disagree with their states
    policies, they'll either vote in new leadership or leave. I don't believe
    this will slow progress. It'll drive the research to the progressive states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buck_Nastier View Post
    I disagree with it, but it's fair. If residents disagree with their states
    policies, they'll either vote in new leadership or leave. I don't believe
    this will slow progress. It'll drive the research to the progressive states.

    Obviously I too disagree, yet, If it was dictated by logic,reason or simple common since, I too would consider it to be fair. Any legislation conjured by fantasy and un-logical beliefs, Specifically with such an impact upon human life and suffering, to say the least, should be tossed out and burned.
    Shame soo many are too Stupid and Greedy to realize what truly matters in life.
    "Only when its too late, do people understand....." (Most anyway.....)
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    I may do a Trick....

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