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    PLEASE CALL U.S. AMBASSADOR TODAY TO OPPOSE A BAN ON THERAPEUTIC CLONING...UN VOTES FEB 18!!!!!!

    ACTION ALERT!!!!

    UN CLONING VOTE SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 18, 2005

    PLEASE CALL U.S. AMBASSADOR ANNE PATTERSON THIS WEEK TO OPPOSE A
    PROPOSED BAN ON THERAPEUTIC CLONING!!

    We have just learned the United Nations General Assembly has scheduled
    a vote for this Friday, February 18 on a declaration that will call on
    member states to ban both Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT - also
    known as therapeutic cloning) and reproductive cloning.

    As you may recall, the U.N. debated a Costa Rica resolution last fall
    that was endorsed by the United States and called for a worldwide ban on
    all forms of cloning, including using SCNT technology to produce stem
    cells. After days of debate on the resolution, the U.N.'s Sixth Legal
    Committee emerged without a vote. We were told your phone calls,
    letters, and faxes urging the U.S. Ambassador to oppose this resolution
    overwhelmed the delegation's office!

    However, since then, negotiations to reach a compromise on cloning have
    fallen apart. It now appears there is a very real possibility the U.N.
    will vote tomorrow to ban cloning, including SCNT research.

    JDRF strongly supports a ban on reproductive cloning, but opposes a ban
    on SCNT (therapeutic cloning) research. Instead, JDRF proposes that
    each individual nation be allowed to ensure that this research adheres to
    appropriate scientific and ethical guidelines. SCNT research has the
    potential to help researchers understand the basic mechanisms of
    diseases like diabetes, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and
    spinal cord injury.

    JDRF is again joined by the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical
    Research (CAMR) and the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) in leading the
    grassroots effort to oppose a ban on SCNT (therapeutic cloning).

    WE NEED YOU TO CALL, EMAIL, OR FAX THE ACTING U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE
    UNITED NATIONS, ANNE W. PATTERSON, AND URGE HER TO SUPPORT A BAN ON
    REPRODUCTIVE CLONING, BUT OPPOSE A BAN ON SCNT (THERAPEUTIC CLONING)!!!!!

    AMBASSADOR PATTERSON'S CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Comment Line (212) 415-4062 (message only)
    Email USA@UN.INT
    Fax (212) 415-4053

    YOU MAY ALSO CONTACT THE OFFICE OF THE U.N. SECRETARY- GENERAL, KOFI
    ANNAN, TO URGE THE UNITED NATIONS TO SUPPORT A BAN ON REPRODUCTIVE
    CLONING, BUT OPPOSE A BAN ON SCNT (THERAPEUTIC CLONING)!!!!!

    U.N. Public Inquiries Line (212) 963-4475 - Press *, then 0 to leave a
    message.

    *** These contact lines may become overloaded due to the heavy volume
    of responses. Please continue trying or use a different contact method
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    Talking Points:
    · As a citizen of the United States, I am calling/writing to urge you
    to support a ban on reproductive cloning, but oppose a ban on SCNT
    (therapeutic cloning).

    · There is a difference between reproductive cloning (use of somatic
    cell nuclear transfer technology for the purpose of creating a human
    being) and therapeutic cloning (use of somatic cell nuclear transfer
    technology to derive stem cells in order to develop therapies to help cure
    and/or treat various diseases).

    · SCNT (therapeutic cloning) has the potential to help understand or
    treat medical conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's,
    cancer and spinal cord injury that currently afflict millions of people in
    the United States and worldwide.

    · Explain your personal connection to juvenile diabetes.

    · I strongly urge you to side with scientists, researchers, patients
    and their families on the issue of SCNT (therapeutic cloning) and oppose
    a ban on this research.


    Thank you!!

    ~ People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about. - Franklin D. Roosevelt ~ www.CureParalysisNow.org

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    This is urgent! The vote takes place tomorrow!

    I was able to get through to leave my message in support of a ban on reproductice cloning and to NOT ban therapeutic cloning!!!

    Please post if you got through too!

    Thanks,

    Faye

    ~ People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about. - Franklin D. Roosevelt ~ www.CureParalysisNow.org

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    Should have posted earlier, I didn't check this site yesterday, so I just now saw this. When will we know the outcome?

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    Jim,

    There are usually just seconds delay between me receiving an e-mail and posting a notice on Care Cure
    But as you know bureaucratic agencies take forever most of the time unless they want to sneak something right by us in hopes we don't notice.

    We still need your help urgently!!! I will post an e-mail I just received in it's entirety. Please read and SEND YOUR FAXES ( form letter is provided below )


    Hi, folks!

    This just came about yesterday, reacting to the sudden pressures on the UN once again to try and stop SCNT research.

    An emergency conference call meeting was held between Bob Klein, Dan Perry, Bernie Siegel, Gail Pressburg Matt Jordan, and myself-- please take a moment to write a quick email to lmarquis@agingresearch.org, and Lynn Marquis at the alliance for aging research (Dan Perry's organization, besides his presidency of CAMR) will fax it to the UN delegates individually. Matt Jordan has put together a similar fax system at his office in Palo Alto, but I don't know which email he wants used for that, so for right now, go with the email above.

    Here is a sample letter. Another is attached. When you write your letter, attach it in a Word file if possible.

    Thanks,

    Don

    Please write your letter, send, and also forward this to friends, TODAY. (sorry for all caps, but we have less than 36 hours. Emails get there fast, but we must have them in the delegates hands before 9:00 am eastern time.


    Honorable Members of the U.N. General Assembly:



    We are very concerned that the United Nations may adopt a declaration or ban condemning all forms of human cloning.



    One type of cloning should be banned. Reproductive cloning endangers the lives of both mother and unborn child, and should be supported by no member nation.



    Therapeutic cloning, however, more accurately titled Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, (SCNT), is a new form of research. It offers a reliable source of stem cells for cure, and may lead to improved understanding of and treatments for disease and disability impacting millions, world-wide.



    We strongly urge that the United Nations adopt no declaration which might be construed as calling for a ban on therapeutic cloning. Such a declaration would inhibit freedom of scientific research and might delay or prevent potential cures.



    Respectfully,

    ~ People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about. - Franklin D. Roosevelt ~ www.CureParalysisNow.org

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    jimnms, here is an update:


    8,000 letters were sent in the past 48 hours!!!

    Today, at 6:00 PM only a non-binding declaration against cloning passed!!!

    A declaration is not a treaty and should not impact research in the least. The bottom line is that we have preserved the research in the United Nations at least for the time being.

    GPI was thanked this evening again by Ambassador Shin of Korea and March Pecsteen of the Belgian mission. They reiterated that that these letters made an important difference to many countries.

    ~ People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about. - Franklin D. Roosevelt ~ www.CureParalysisNow.org

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    Faye, the mail box is full and they are not taking any new messages. I'll try again later.

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    When the vote is over, I will be moving this topic to the Legislation/Funding forum. Wise.

    http://www.wftv.com/health/4214107/detail.html

    UN Panel OKs Calls For Human Cloning Ban

    Stem Cell Researchers Say They Are Not Bound By Resolution

    POSTED: 7:24 am EST February 19, 2005
    UPDATED: 7:36 am EST February 19, 2005

    UNITED NATIONS -- A bitterly divided U.N. committee approved a resolution calling on nations to ban all forms of human cloning incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.

    Supporters of stem cell research said they will not be bound by the declaration, calling the language vague and expressing concern it could be interpreted to ban all forms of cloning, including stem cell research.

    The 71-35 vote Friday reflected the divisions among the 191 U.N. member states. There were 43 abstentions, including many Islamic countries.

    The resolution now goes to the U.N. General Assembly for a final vote. If approved, the resolution would only be a recommendation, not a legal requirement.

    The United States called it a victory.

    "We're obviously very pleased," said Richard Grenell, spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations. "This means that the United Nations is stating very clearly that member states should adopt legislation outlining all cloning practices."

    Last year, the United Nations abandoned efforts to draw up a legally binding treaty on cloning because members could not decide whether to ban all human cloning or to ban reproductive cloning and allow stem cell and other research, which many scientists believe may lead to new treatments for diseases.

    Instead the General Assembly decided in November to seek a nonbinding political declaration.

    The assembly's legal committee approved a text drafted by Moroccan Ambassador Mohamed Bennouna, the chairman of a working group that spent much of this week trying to forge a consensus,

    The resolution adopted calls on member states to quickly adopt and implement legislation "to prohibit all forms of human cloning in as much as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life."

    It also calls demands that countries "adopt the measures necessary to prohibit the application of genetic engineering techniques that may be contrary to human dignity."

    Member states are also asked to take measures to prevent the exploitation of women in the application of life sciences."

    After the vote, many countries expressed regret that it was not possible to reach agreement by consensus. Those against the resolution, led by Belgium, said it would lack clout because it had to be put to a vote.

    "Belgium doesn't feel bound by this declaration and doesn't intend to call into question its legislation in this area," said its representative, Marc Pecsteen.

    South Korea's representative, part of a group of at least 20 nations who favor therapeutic cloning, said: "Human life means different things to different cultures and religions."

    He said it should be up to member states to decide their own laws on therapeutic cloning and insisted that stem cell research did respect human dignity because it helped release people from suffering.

    Costa Rica's U.N. Ambassador Bruno Stagno, who has led the fight for a total cloning ban, said scientists conducting stem cell research were purposely creating human life in order to destroy it to conduct research and that was not compatible with respecting human dignity.

    Britain's U.N. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said his country voted against the resolution and said Britain would continue to permit therapeutic cloning research "because of the hope it offers of new treatments to benefit millions of people and their families."

    "This is a weak, non-binding political statement." he said. "The number of states that failed to support it is greater than the number that backed it."
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    http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp...1&nav=3YeX2ScG

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    http://english.chosun.com/w21data/ht...502210012.html

    Korea Vows to Keep up Therapeutic Cloning

    The Korean government says a draft U.N. resolution outlawing all cloning practices will have no impact on its therapeutic stem cell research.

    The announcement follows the adoption of a nonbinding statement by the U.N. General Assembly's legislative committee calling on member countries to prohibit all forms of human cloning if they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life. The resolution by the committee will be referred to the U.N.'s 191-nation General Assembly for a final vote.

    Seoul's Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry said in a statement released over the weekend that human life is defined differently by various cultures and religions. And since the U.N. resolution is not a legal requirement and the language itself does not go beyond Korea's own laws governing cloning, the country's therapeutic research on human cloning, including those on stem cells, will not be bound by the declaration.

    Belgium and the United Kingdom also said they would keep up therapeutic cloning, and at least 20 countries are in favor of further research. The United Nations has been divided over the past four years on whether to include medical research in a broader treaty against human cloning.

    Many scientists say stem cell research can develop a cure for chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes and spinal cord injuries. In February of last year, Korean professor Hwang Woo-suk at Seoul National University made global headlines for successfully extracting stem cells from a cloned human embryo.

    Arirang TV

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    http://interestalert.com/brand/sitei...reaking]Source

    China to continue cloning research


    BEIJING, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- China says it will continue research into therapeutic cloning despite a weekend U.N. declaration banning all forms of human cloning.

    The Legal Committee of the United Nations passed a declaration Saturday to ban all forms of human cloning in the interest of respecting human dignity and protecting human life. The resolution passed 71-35, with 43 abstentions.

    The Chinese government opposes cloning for reproductive purposes, but supports embryo stem cell research for the treatment and prevention of disease, China Daily reported Monday.

    China could become an international center for therapeutic cloning research and a provider of embryo stem cells for other countries, a medical expert told the Jing Bao newspaper in Beijing.

    South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare also said Monday that the country would continue its stem cell research as the declaration was non-binding, the Korea Times reported.

    Supporters of the research say it could lead to cures for cancer, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and Alzheimer's disease.


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