Dear Friend of Research for Cure:

On March 8, 2002, I stood in the newly-established Roman Reed
Laboratory, in the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, the University of
California at Irvine.

In my hands was a large white laboratory rat, which had been paralyzed.
But on this day, the formerly paralyzed creature stuggled indignantly
with all four limbs. When I set it down, the small miracle scurried
around the child's plastic swimming pool in which it had been playing.
Thanks to embryonic stemcell research, that rat walks today.

Research like that must go forward: for my loved ones, and for yours.

My son, Roman Reed, has a spinal cord injury and is paralyzed from the
shoulders down. My younger sister Barbara has both cancer and acute
myeloid leukemia, diseases which killed my mother Christine, and my
older sister Patty.

You too have friends and family members who suffer "incurable" medical
conditions such as blindness, Ahlzheimers, stroke, AIDS, juvenile
diabetes, Parkinson's, and many more. Nearly one hundred million
Americans suffer from such diseases and disabilities-which
therapeutically-cloned stemcells might heal.

Unfortunately, some Washington politicians want to kill this most
promising research.

Senate Bill 1898, the Brownback/Landrieu Cloning Prohibition Act, would
outlaw therapeutic cloning of stemcells, denying America this tremendous
medical advance-- forever.

Do I exaggerate? If the Brownback bill passes, says Time Magazine, "This
research, both public and private, will end."

Under the terms of the new law, any doctor or researcher who cloned
stemcells would go to jail for ten years, be fined one million dollars
(minimum), and have all his or her laboratory equipment impounded.

Even patients could be jailed. If Roman or Barbara went to another
country for treatment, the Brownback bill would have them arrested when
they came home!

On a tidal wave of distortion and misunderstanding, the Cloning
Prohibition Act has actually passed the House of Representatives.
President Bush has promised to sign it.

Only the Senate can stop it now.

How could such a colossal blunder have gotten so far? A bill which may
condemn millions of Americans to needless suffering, premature death, or
permanent infirmity?

The answer may be as simple as confusion.

Every American should know there are two kinds of cloning: one good, and
one bad. The bad kind is reproductive cloning; here everyone agrees. The
cloning of babies is dangerous for them, and wrong for us. When Senator
Sam Brownback (R-Kansas, sponsor of the Senate Bill) says the cloning
of children should be against the law-he is right.

Unfortunately, Senator Brownback's bill would also throw out the good
kind of cloning.
Therapeutic cloning is about cells for cure. It has nothing to do with
making children.

A friend of mine knows Senator Brownback personally. As he puts it,
"Sam's a good man. But he is just wrong. The research should go ahead."
My friend has terminal cancer.

Better legislation is available. As Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) put
it, "There is bad cloning, and there is good cloning." Senator
Feinstein's bill, for example, establishes criminal penalties for
reproductive cloning, but protects therapeutic cloning for healing.

If you agree that America should continue this important research,
please help contact the 25 "undecided" Senators, who have not yet made
up their minds.

A few minutes of your time may change the lives of millions for the
better.

Remember how a tiny handful of votes decided the Presidential elections?
We may win or lose our hope of cure by a single Senator's vote.

At the bottom of this page is contact information for the 25 undecided
Senators.
Please contact as many as you can. If you see your Senator's name among
the undecided, consider leaving a message at each of his or her several
offices.

Please pass on this message, to anyone who ever told you: "I'd do
anything to help." This is the hour of greatest need and
opportunity-remind them of their promise.

HERE'S HOW TO CONTACT THE SENATORS: Ideally, use the Senator's phone or
fax number-a groundmail letter probably would not arrive on time, due to
increased security measures. Email them if you wish, but phone/fax
messages carry more weight.

PHONE CALL: a one-sentence message might be: "My name is ______________,
and I urge your Senator to vote against the Brownback Bill, which would
stop important research." (A machine may record your statement. That's
fine! Or, if a legislative aide answers the phone, he or she will write
down your name and opinion. Be sure to mention if you are a constituent.
If you want a written answer from the Senator, say that also, and tell
them your address.)

If you can make only one phone call, make it to Senator Orrin Hatch of
Utah. This conservative Republican is a decent and honorable man who is
struggling to do the right thing-and he wants to support research-but if
he votes our way, many of his conservative constituents will be mad at
him. He must hear from us, who support research for cure. (A less-busy
phone number for him is: 801-524-4380).

SCIENTISTS! Please FAX Senator Hatch today! He has stated he will
support us if 400 scientists contact him-please fax him at (202)
224-6331.

FAX: For Senators who list their fax numbers, this is great. Put your
home address AND PHONE NUMBER at the top of the fax sheet. A
one-sentence note is all you need (see above) but a brief paragraph
about your family is fine too. But no more than one page.

EMAIL: Please at least email these vital Senators. Easy to do, and
almost as effective-- though faxes and phone calls are better. Do all
three, if you can.

There's not much time. When the Senate reconvenes after the Spring Break
next week, the first order of business is the Energy Policy-after that,
we're up. The Cloning Prohibition Act will have a quick debate and then
a floor vote. It will happen fast: a couple hours to decide the fate of
our loved ones.

Right now is the only chance we will ever have to influence that
decision. When the Senators come back to Washington from Spring
vacation, our faxes, phone messages, and emails must be waiting for
them.

Please. Contact the undecided Senators today.

Thank you,

Don C. Reed
Sponsor of the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act. (For more
information, visit Californiansforcure.com)

P.S. The opposition claims adult stemcells are "just as good", and
therefore we don't need embryonic stemcell research. Most scientists
(even those studying adult stemcells) disagree strongly with that
assertion. In fact, the latest research published in the prestigious
science magazine NATURE (issue # 416, 354-2002) points out there may be
unexpected dangers in using adult stemcells-instead of multiplying
cleanly like embryonic stemcells do, adult stemcells may fuse together
in undesirable combinations. In years to come we may find a way to make
adult stemcells act like embryonic stemcells --or maybe not. Until we
know for sure, we should investigate both types of stemcells, adult as
well as embryonic.

P.S.S. Who supports therapeutic cloning, which the Brownback bill would
criminalize?

America's most respected scientific organization, the National Academy
of Science, supports the continuation of embryonic stemcell and
therapeutic cloning research, as does every major scientific or medical
organization which has taken a position on the subject. A partial list
includes: The American Pediatric Society, American Academy of Optometry,
American Society for Cell Biology, Coalition for the Advancement of
Medical Research, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental
Biology, American Association of Anatomists, American Association of
Immunologists, American Physiological Society, American Society for
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Society for Clinical
Nutrition, American Society of Hematology, American Society for
Investigative Pathology, American Society for NutritionalSciences,
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics,
Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of Medical School
Pediatric Department Chairs, Bay Area Bioscience Center, Biophysical
Society, Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Environmental Mutagen
Society, Gerontological Society of America, National Caucus of Basic
Biomedical Science Chairs, Wisconsin Association for Biomedical Research
and Education, and the Society for Pediatric Research.

NOT ONE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC OR MEDICAL ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS THE BROWNBACK
BILL. Like the "Tobacco Scientists" who used to be paid to say that
cigarette smoke was pleasant and cancer was controversial, individuals
can be found who will support virtually anything. But when you see a
list of people who support Brownback, look closely. What you will see is
individuals who belong to an organization, not the organizations
themselves. The overwhelming majority of scientists and doctors want
their patients cured, and that is why they are against the Cloning
Prohibition Act.

P.P.S.S. Finally, here is a personal message I received from Michael
West, Ph.D., CEO of Advanced Cell Technology, whose pioneering work on
therapeutically cloning cells for cure was recently featured in U.S.
News and World Report:

"The battle is more in your hands than mine at the moment. We are doing
what we can to move the science forward... But it will be you that wins
the battle with the opponents in influencing the outcome in the Senate.
And that will determine whether the "miracle" of (therapeutic) cloning
will be applied to medicine, or not."

THE UNDECIDED SENATORS

1. Robert Byrd, D WV (202) 224-3954
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 Senator Byrd says:
"Fax your letter to my Charleston office at 304-343-7144;
Call my Washington office at 202-224-3954. If you leave your name and
telephone number, your call will be returned as soon as possible;
Call my Charleston office at 304-342-5855;
E-mail me at senator_byrd@byrd.senate.gov (be sure to include your
postal address in your e-mail)."

2. Jean Carnahan, D MO
(202) 224-6154
(202) 228-1518 (fax)
517 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6154
senator_carnahan@carnahan.senate.gov


3. Thomas Carper, D DE (202) 224-2441
513 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2441
http://carper.senate.gov/Contact/Ema...mail_form.html


4. Susan Collins, R ME (202) 224-2523
172 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
senator@collins.senate.gov


5. John Edwards, D NC
(202)) 224-3154
(202) 228-1374 (fax)
225 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3154
http://www.senate.gov/~edwards/contact.html


6. Orrin Hatch, R UT (202) 224-5251
(202) 224-6331 (fax)
104 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5251
http://hatch.senate.gov/email_form.htm


7. Tim Johnson, D SD (202) 224-5842
(202) 228-5765 (fax)
tim@johnson.senate.gov
324 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510 NO FAX #

8. Joe Lieberman, D CT (202) 224-4041
706 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
http://lieberman.senate.gov/


9. Bill Nelson, D FL (202) 224-5274
(202) 228-2183 (fax)
716 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5274
senator@billnelson.senate.gov


10. John Rockefeller, D WV (202) 224-6472
(202) 224-7665 (fax)
531 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6472
senator@rockefeller.senate.gov


11. Olympia Snowe, R ME (202) 224-5344
(202) 224- 1946 (fax)
olympia@snowe.senate.gov
154 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510

12. Ted Stevens, R AK (202) 224- 3004
(202) 224-2354 (fax)
522 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3004
senator_stevens@stevens.senate.gov


13. Strom Thurmond, R SC (202) 224-5972
(202) 224-1300 (fax)
217 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5972
senator@thurmond.senate.gov

14. Evan Bayh, D IN (202) 224-5623
463 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
http://bayh.senate.gov/WebMail.html


15. Joe Biden, D DE (202) 224-5042
(202) 224-0139 (fax)
221 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5042
senator@biden.senate.gov


16. John Breaux, D LA no phone, no fax, no mailing address in DC
senator@breaux.senate.gov
503 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4623
senator@breaux.senate.gov


17. Max Cleland, D GA (202) 224-3521
(202) 224-0072 (fax)
461 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3521
http://www.senate.gov/~cleland/webform.html


18. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R TX (202) 224-5922
(202) 224-0776 (fax)
284 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5922
http://hutchison.senate.gov/e-mail.htm

19. Richard Lugar, R IN (202) 224-4814
306 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510-1401
senator_lugar@lugar.senate.gov


20. John McCain, R AZ 241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2235
john_mccain@mccain.senate.gov

21. Gordon Smith, R OR (202) 224-3753
(202) 228-3997 (fax)
404 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3753
http://www.senate.gov/~gsmith/webform.htm


22. John Warner, R VA (202) 224-2023
(202) 224-6295 (fax)
225 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2023
senator@warner.senate.gov


23. Thad Cochran, R MS (202) 224-5054
326 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2402
senator@cochran.senate.gov


24. Mike Crapo, R ID (202) 224-6142
(202) 228-1375 (fax)
111 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6142
http://www.senate.gov/~crapo/webform.html


25. Thompson, Fred (R - TN)
511 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4944
senator_thompson@thompson.senate.gov


GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS: Good News: Kentucky just defeated by an extremely
slender margin a bill which would have banned all embryonic stemcell
research in their state. Bad News: South Dakota just passed a bill very
similar to Brownback-embryonic stemcell research is now illegal forever
in that state. Which way will the nation go?