Hi, Folks! If you believe in the possibilities of embryonic stemcell research,
even a little, please contact your national Senators today. Their phone numbers
and emails are listed below. Thanks, Don

A LAW TO CRIMINALIZE EMBRYONIC STEMCELL RESEARCH?

Dear Friend of Medical Research:

As the father of a paralyzed son, and the sponsor of California's recently-passed
Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act*, I strongly support embryonic stemcell
research.

Unfortunately, that most promising avenue of research may soon become illegal. A
new law is being shoved through Congress, to criminalize the source of all new
embryonic stemcells. When the existing stemcells die, which they will, no
replacements would be allowed: ever.

You may already be familiar with therapeutic cloning: the way to construct
embryonic stemcells. A new law, House Resolution 2505: the Cloning Prohibition Act
of 2001, would make this a federal crime. Under HR-2505, the penalty for
therapeutic cloning would be ten years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and the
impoundment of laboratory equipment.

If a researcher discovered the cure for cancer, paralysis, Ahlzheimer's and
AIDS-but used therapeutic cloning for stemcells-he or she would collect their
Nobel Peace Prize in jail!

Ridiculous? Yes. But HR-2505 has already passed the House of Representatives.
President Bush has promised to sign it-and the United States Senate will be
considering this bill in the next few weeks.

Only the Senate can now prevent this anti-science bill from becoming the law of
the land.

Please. Contact your two national Senators today. Urge them to oppose HR-2505.
(For your convenience, their email and phone numbers are listed at the bottom of
this page: full addresses can be found at: http://www.Senate.gov.)

For financial reasons alone, embryonic stemcell research must be encouraged. Last
year, America spent $1.2 trillion dollars on medical costs-there is the root cause
of our economic crisis-our nation cannot afford this burgeoning mountain of
medical debt. How to reduce those enormous medical costs? One way is to simply
deny coverage, leaving sick and injured people to suffer on their own; the better
way is to encourage cure.

Yet there is an incalculably greater reason to promote research, and that is to
ease human suffering. My son Roman is paralyzed from the shoulders down,
resulting from an accident in a college football game. He never complains about
it; but I know what he goes through: unable to stand, or even close his fingers.
What if that was you or I, or a loved one? Imagine the thousand daily
frustrations: like being catheterized for the restroom.

If research is allowed to go forward, my son Roman may one day be healed; the
crushing grip of paralysis will loosen; he will rise and walk away from his
wheelchair.

Should an act of Congress deny us the hope of cure?

If HR-2505 is allowed to pass, our single best hope of cure will be denied: not
for one man, but for millions. As many as one hundred million Americans today
suffer a disease or medical condition considered incurable-but which embryonic
stemcells might alleviate, diminish, or outright cure. Is it right that all these
people should be condemned to hopelessness, when the answer to their suffering is
within our reach?

As Roman puts it, "Take a stand with us today, in favor of medical research. Take
a stand-so one day, everybody can."

Feel free to copy this letter. Forward it to friends, post it on bulletin boards.
And above all,
Please write or call your senators today. HR-2505 must be defeated.

Thank you.

Don C. Reed
Chairperson, Californians for Cure,
Sponsor of Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act,
Dad of Roman Reed

P.S. Like most people, I am concerned about the potential horrors of human
reproductive cloning, which is very different from therapeutic cloning. In my
opinion, reproductive cloning (multiplying babies) is wrong and should be illegal.
But therapeutic cloning (cells) must be allowed. Better legislation is available
to Congress now, which would eliminate reproductive cloning, but retain
therapeutic cloning, the healing science America needs.
HR-2505, unfortunately, throws out the good with the bad.

*For more information on this issue, or on California's Roman Reed Spinal Cord
Injury Research Act, (which distributed $2,000,000 in research grants last year),
please visit our website, http://www.californiansforcure.com.

Or, email me personally: Donreed27@Yahoo.com


SENATORS PHONE AND EMAIL NUMBERS

Your Senators' phone numbers and emails are below. If you are not familiar with
their names, just look for the initials of your state in the parenthesis after
each name. For instance, Akaka, Daniel (D-HI) is one of two senators for Hawaii.

Akaka, Daniel (D ? HI) (202) 224-6361 senator@akaka.senate.gov

Allard, Wayne (R ? CO) (202) 224-5941 http://allard.senate.gov

Allen, George (R ? VA) (202) 224-4024 http://allen.senate.gov/email.html

Baucus, Max (D - MT) (202) 224-2651 http://www.senate.gov/~baucus/EmailMax.htm

Bayh, Evan (D - IN) (202) 224-5623 http://bayh.senate.gov/WebMail.html

Bennett, Robert (R - UT (202) 224-5444 senator@bennett.senate.gov

Biden Jr, Joseph (D ? DE (202) 224-5042 senator@biden.senate.gov

Bingaman, Jeff (D ? NM) at (202) 224-5521 senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov

Bond, Christopher (R ? MO) kit_bond@bond.senate.gov

Boxer, Barbara (D - CA) (202) 224-3553
http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/webform.html

Breaux, John (D - LA) (202) 224-4623 senator@breaux.senate.gov

Brownback, Sam (R - KS) (202) 224-6521 sam_brownback@brownback.senate.gov

Bunning, Jim (R - KY) (202) 224-4343 jim_bunning@bunning.senate.gov

Burns, Conrad (R - MT) (202) 224-2644 conrad_burns@burns.senate.gov

Byrd, Robert (D - WV) (202) 224-3954 senator_byrd@byrd.senate.gov

Campbell, Ben Nighthorse (R - CO) (202) 224-5852

Cantwell, Maria (D - WA) (202) 224-3441
http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.html

Carnahan, Jean (D - MO) (202) 224-6154 senator_carnahan@carnahan.senate.gov

Carper, Thomas (D - DE) (202) 224-2441 http://carper.senate.gov/Contact/Email

Chafee, Lincoln (R - RI) (202) 224-2921senator_chafee@chafee.senate.gov

Cleland, Max (D - GA) (202) 224-3521http://www.senate.gov/~cleland/webform.html

Clinton, Hillary (D - NY)(202) 224-4451 senator@clinton.senate.gov

Cochran, Thad (R - MS)(202) 224-5054 senator@cochran.senate.gov

Collins, Susan (R - ME) (202) 224-2523 senator@collins.senate.gov

Conrad, Kent (D - ND)(202) 224-2043 senator@conrad.senate.gov

Corzine, Jon (D - NJ)(202) 224-4744 http://corzine.senate.gov/comment.html

Craig, Larry (R - ID) (202) 224-2752 http://www.senate.gov/~craig/webform.html

Crapo, Mike (R - ID) (202) 224-6142 http://www.senate.gov/~crapo/webform.html

Daschle, Thomas (D - SD) (202) 224-2321 http://daschle.senate.gov/webform.html

Dayton, Mark (D - MN) (202) 224-3244 http://dayton.senate.gov/webform.html

DeWine, Mike (R - OH) (202) 224-231
http://www.senate.gov/~dewine/request_form.html

Dodd, Christopher (D - CT) (202) 224-2823 senator@dodd.senate.gov

Domenici, Pete (R - NM) (202) 224-6621 senator_domenici@domenici.senate.gov

Dorgan, Byron (D - ND) (202) 224-2551 senator@dorgan.senate.gov

Durbin, Richard (D - IL) (202) 224-2152 dick@durbin.senate.gov

Edwards, John (D - NC) (202) 224-3154 http://www.senate.gov/~edwards/contact.html

Ensign, John (R - NV) (202) 224-6244
http://ensign.senate.gov/contact_joh...ohn_email.html

Enzi, Mike (R - WY) (202) 224-3424 senator@enzi.senate.gov

Feingold, Russell (D - WI) (202) 224-5323 russell_feingold@feingold.senate.gov

Feinstein, Dianne (D - CA) (202) 224-3841 senator@feinstein.senate.gov

Fitzgerald, Peter (R - IL) (202) 224-2854
senator_fitzgerald@fitzgerald.senate.gov

Frist, William (R - TN) (202) 224-3344 senator_frist@frist.senate.gov

Graham, Bob (D - FL) (202) 224-3041 bob_graham@graham.senate.gov

Gramm, Phil (R - TX) (202) 224-2934 phil_gramm@gramm.senate.gov

Grassley, Chuck (R - IA) (202) 224-3744 http://grassley.senate.gov/webform.htm

Gregg, Judd (R - NH) (202) 224-3324 mailbox@gregg.senate.gov

Hagel, Charles (R - NE) (202) 224-4224 chuck_hagel@hagel.senate.gov

Harkin, Tom (D - IA) (202) 224-3254 tom_harkin@harkin.senate.gov

Hatch, Orrin (R - UT) (202) 224-5251 senator_hatch@hatch.senate.gov

Helms, Jesse (R - NC) (202) 224-6342 jesse_helms@helms.senate.gov

Hollings, Ernest (D - SC) (202) 224-6121
http://www.senate.gov/~hollings/webform.html

Hutchinson, Tim (R - AR) (202) 224-2353 senator.hutchinson@hutchinson.senate.gov

Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R - TX) (202) 224-5922 senator@hutchison.senate.gov

Inhofe, James (202) 224-4721 http://inhofe.senate.gov/webform.html

Inouye, Daniel (D - HI) (202) 224-3934 http://www.senate.gov/~inouye/webform.html

Jeffords, James (I - VT) (202) 224-5141 vermont@jeffords.senate.gov

Johnson, Tim (D - SD) (202) 224-5842 tim@johnson.senate.gov

Kennedy, Edward (D - MA) (202) 224-4543 senator@kennedy.senate.gov

Kerry, John (D - MA) (202) 224-2742 john_kerry@kerry.senate.gov

Kohl, Herb (D - WI) (202) 224-5653 senator_kohl@kohl.senate.gov

Kyl, Jon (R - AZ) (202) 224-4521 info@kyl.senate.gov

Landrieu, Mary (D - LA) (202) 224-5824 http://landrieu.senate.gov/webform.html

Leahy, Patrick (D - VT) (202) 224-4242 senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov

Levin, Carl (D - MI) (202) 224-6221 senator@levin.senate.gov

Lieberman, Joseph (D - CT) (202) 224-4041 http://lieberman.senate.gov/

Lincoln, Blanche (D ? AR) (202) 224-4843 blanche_lincoln@lincoln.senate.gov

Lott, Trent (R - MS) (202) 224-6253 senatorlott@lott.senate.gov

Lugar, Richard (R - IN) (202) 224-4814 senator_lugar@lugar.senate.gov

McCain, John (R - AZ (202) 224-2235 john_mccain@mccain.senate.gov

McConnell, Mitch (R - KY) (202) 224-2541 senator@mcconnell.senate.gov

Mikulski, Barbara (D - MD) (202) 224-4654 senator@mikulski.senate.gov

Miller, Zell (D - GA) (202) 224-3643 http://miller.senate.gov/email.htm

Murkowski, Frank (R - AK) (202) 224-6665 http://murkowski.senate.gov/webmail.html

Murray, Patty (D - WA) (202) 224-2621 senator_murray@murray.senate.gov

Nelson, Bill (D - FL) (202) 224-5274 senator@billnelson.senate.gov

Nelson, Ben (D - NE) (202) 224-6551 http://bennelson.senate.gov/email.html

Nickles, Don (R - OK) (202) 224-5754 senator@nickles.senate.gov

Reed, Jack (D - RI) (202) 224-4642 jack@reed.senate.gov

Reid, Harry (D - NV) (202) 224-3542 http://www.senate.gov/~reid/email_form.cfm

Roberts, Pat (R - KS) (202) 224-4774 http://www.senate.gov/~roberts/email.htm

Rockefeller IV, John (D - WV) (202) 224-6472senator@rockefeller.senate.gov

Santorum, Rick (R - PA) (202) 224-6324 http://www.senate.gov/~santorum/#email

Sarbanes, Paul (D - MD) (202) 224-4524
http://sarbanes.senate.gov/pages/email.html

Schumer, Charles (D - NY) (202) 224-6542 senator@schumer.senate.gov

Sessions, Jeff (R - AL) (202) 224-4124 senator@sessions.senate.gov

Shelby, Richard (R - AL) (202) 224-5744 senator@shelby.senate.gov

Smith, Bob (R - NH) (202) 224-2841 opinion@smith.senate.gov

Smith, Gordon (R - OR) (202) 224-3753 http://www.senate.gov/~gsmith/webform.htm

Snowe, Olympia (R - ME) (202) 224-5344 olympia@snowe.senate.gov

Specter, Arlen (R - PA) (202) 224-4254 http://specter.senate.gov/webform.htm

Stabenow, Debbie (D - MI (202) 224-4822 senator@stabenow.senate.gov

Stevens, Ted (R - AK) (202) 224-3004 senator_stevens@stevens.senate.gov

Thomas, Craig (R - WY) (202) 224-6441 http://thomas.senate.gov/html/contact.html

Thompson, Fred (R - TN) (202) 224-4944 senator_thompson@thompson.senate.gov

Thurmond, Strom (R - SC) (202) 224-5972 senator@thurmond.senate.gov

Torricelli, Robert (D - NJ) (202) 224-3224
senator_torricelli@torricelli.senate.gov

Voinovich, George (R - OH) (202) 224-3353 senator_voinovich@voinovich.senate.gov

Warner, John (R - VA) (202) 224-2023 senator@warner.senate.gov

Wellstone, Paul (D - MN) (202) 224-5641
http://www.senate.gov/~wellstone/webform.html

Wyden, Ron (D - OR) (202) 224-5244 http://wyden.senate.gov/mail.htm