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    http://www.stempac.com/


    For Immediate Release

    StemPAC Launched to Fight for Stem Cell Research; Aims to Rally Grassroots Support , Hold Accountable Elected Federal and State officials

    July 12, 2005

    Contact: John Hlinko
    John@StemPAC.com

    Washington, DC – In an effort to wage a national campaign against extremist elected officials who have been holding up stem cell research, a bipartisan team of industry leading grassroots mobilizers, political consultants, and private sector stem cell research supporters today officially launched “StemPAC.” StemPac, anchored by its namesake web site StemPac.com, is a 527 organization that will unite and mobilize pro-stem cell research activists and millions of Americans who are clamoring for the United States to take a leadership role in stem cell research.

    “StemPac will hold accountable any elected or appointed official who holds up the promise of stem cell research based on their own personal ideology or outright ignorance,” explained John Hlinko, a leader of the effort, and VP at the political consulting firm Grassroots Enterprise. “The will of the majority has been ignored, hope for millions with debilitating illnesses has been needlessly delayed, and this promising industry of the future is being gradually outsourced to other nations with each passing day. It’s time to fight back.”

    In coming weeks, StemPAC plans to aggressively work on behalf of pro-stem cell legislation being considered right now in the U.S. Senate (H.R. 810 specifically, without amendment – see www.StemPAC.com for details). Thereafter, it plans to go on the offense, fighting for stem cell funding on the federal level, and for more sensible regulations and legislation in the states as well.

    Although StemPac officially launches today, its website has been live since late May. In the mere six weeks since StemPac.com went live it has already become one of the highest trafficked websites in support of stem cell research, has spurred thousands of letters to President Bush and members of Congress, and collected hundreds of stories from real life Americans with Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries, and other conditions for which stem cell research holds promise (see www.StemPAC.com for stories, sortable by state and city).

    The StemPaC Team

    The StemPAC team is headed by John Hlinko, who helped lead MoveOn.org in its early days, and who founded and led DraftWesleyClark.com, a shoestring effort that engaged tens of thousands of supporters, gained national media attention, and raised nearly $2 million in pledges for a Wesley Clark candidacy.

    National Democratic strategist and award-winning media consultant Bud Jackson (www.jacksongroupmedia.com) has also been retained as a Stem Pac team member. Jackson will produce paid media on behalf of StemPac, including television advertising targeting stem cell research opponents.

    The rest of the core team includes:

    Kevin McCann: Founder of the Fair Deal for Newfoundland campaign
    Allyson Kapin: Online marketing specialist, who has worked with a range of national activist organizations
    Sabrina Cohen: Associate Director of the Genetics Policy Institute
    The core team is being assisted by a range of advisors, including:

    Scientists, such as Evan Snyder of the Burnhan Institute;
    Grassroots visionaries, including Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the founder of DailyKos.com;
    Longtime political professionals, such as Bill Romjue;
    Patient advocates, including Frank L. Cocozzelli;
    For more information on the StemPAC team and advisors, please see www.StemPAC.com.
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    My personal interest is in finding a cure for Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. My
    now 15 year old daughter was diagnosed almost 5 years ago. So far, she has
    pricked her fingers approximately 11,000 times, and has taken about 7,500
    insulin injections. If she had cancer, she could hope to be cured – or at
    least to go into remission so she wouldn't need 4 or 5 or 6 insulin shots
    every day just to stay alive. Right now, all we can hope for is that she
    doesn't have a heart attack or a stroke, that she doesn't go blind, that
    her kidneys keep working and that her feet and legs don't have to be amputated.

    Now, let me tell you about the economics of diabetes. Diabetics test their
    blood sugar levels at least four times a day – children with type 1
    juvenile diabetes test more like 6 to 8 times a day. These little test
    strips that are used to measure blood glucose levels cost, conservatively
    and on average, 70 cents per strip. Diabetics who test their blood glucose
    level just 4 times per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime) are spending
    Two Dollars and Eighty Cents per day, or a little over a thousand dollars a
    year, minimum, on these strips. That's over a billion dollars per year for
    every 1 million diabetics, and there are an estimated 17 million people
    suffering from diabetes in the US alone.

    Next, I am going to review the financial's from the 2003 and 2004 Annual
    Reports of Eli Lilly & Company, one of the major producers of insulin.
    Before I do, I want to remind you that insulin will never cure diabetes. It
    is what my 15-year-old refers to as her 'lifeline'. It keeps a diabetic
    alive, but does not prevent the catastrophic side effects. And it will
    never cure anyone!

    2003: "Our worldwide sales…increased 14%, to 12.58 billion dollars."
    Sources of revenue: "Diabetes care products, composed primarily of
    Humulin…Humalog…and Actos…had aggregate worldwide revenues of 2.57
    billion dollars." Ladies and gentlemen, 20% of the worldwide sales were
    from 3 products, 2 of which (Humulin and Humalog) are for 'maintenance' of
    type 1 diabetics. In 2003, Humulin sales in the US were 507.5 million
    dollars, and were 658.6 million dollars for Humalog.

    The 2004 numbers are equally staggering. The same three products had
    aggregate worldwide revenues of 2.61 billion dollars. Humulin sales in the
    US were only 422.7 million, but Humalog sales in the US were up to 685.4
    million dollars. An explanation offered by Eli Lilly is (and this is a
    direct quote!) "Humalog sales in the US increased 3 percent as increased
    prices offset slight volume declines."

    That's 5.18 billion dollars in a two-year period – to treat patients who
    will not get better. That's a whole loot of insurance and medicare dollars
    going to two drugs to maintain a condition for which there actually might
    be a cure.

    Breakthroughs using stem cell therapies have been announced all over the
    world, and involving many conditions, such as reversing the side effects of
    diabetes, curing type 1 juvenile diabetes, restoration of immune systems in
    cancer patients, improvement of a Parkinson's patient's motor skills by
    83%, reversal of heart tissue damage in a heart attack victim, the list
    goes on and on. Stem cells work, and more research is needed.


    This is not a religious issue. This is a health issue. This is a "where are
    my Medicare dollars going?" issue is a quality of life issue Even though
    the dollars are huge, let's not forget that the main benefits from stem
    cell research and therapies are to improve the health and to save the lives
    of millions who suffer, or who may in the future suffer from diseases that
    could be treated or cured with new stem cell therapies. We are talking
    about improvement of the quality of a human life!

    B. Cole



    ATTENTION STEM CELL RESEARCH SUPPORTERS





    Have you ever noticed how many Republicans, starting with President Bush, claim to be against Stem Cell Research because of the moral and ethical considerations? Have you noticed how they are fixed on 'embryonic' stem cell rather than admitting the successes of adult stem cells?



    Let me shed some light on why they have taken this position. In addition to Eli Lilly telling me that it would never support anything that would ever cure diabetes, and admitting that 20% of its 12 billion dollars in revenue in 2003 came from the sale of insulin (diabetes has been reversed in other countries), look at all of the campaign contributions made by the pharmaceuticals to our elected officials:





    Pharmaceutical Manufacturing:
    Top 20 Recipients


    Election cycle: 20042002200019981996199419921990

    List Top 20: All RecipientsPresidential CandidatesSenatorsMembers of the HouseSenate CandidatesHouse CandidatesAll Members of Congress

    Rank

    Candidate

    Office

    Amount

    1
    Bush, George W (R)

    Pres
    $499,549
    2
    Kerry, John (D)

    Pres
    $275,888
    3
    Burr, Richard (R-NC)

    Senate
    $196,148
    4
    Ferguson, Mike (R-NJ)

    House
    $180,899
    5
    Specter, Arlen (R-PA)

    Senate
    $120,700
    6
    Hastert, Dennis (R-IL)

    House
    $116,500
    7
    Gregg, Judd (R-NH)

    Senate
    $106,000
    8
    Dodd, Chris (D-CT)

    Senate
    $100,525
    9
    Bond, Christopher S 'Kit' (R-MO)

    Senate
    $83,503
    10
    Barton, Joe (R-TX)

    House
    $79,750
    11
    Bennett, Robert F (R-UT)

    Senate
    $78,000
    12
    DeLay, Tom (R-TX)

    House
    $76,999
    13
    John, Chris (D-LA)

    Senate
    $74,468
    14
    Lieberman, Joe (D-CT)

    Senate
    $73,000
    15
    Bayh, Evan (D-IN)

    Senate
    $72,022
    16
    Johnson, Nancy L (R-CT)

    House
    $71,250
    17
    Martinez, Mel (R-FL)

    Senate
    $69,050
    18
    Simmons, Rob (R-CT)

    House
    $67,436
    19
    Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)

    Senate
    $66,099
    20
    Frelinghuysen, Rodney (R-NJ)

    House
    $64,602








    Notice how many Republicans are listed above?







    Send to Democratic Party!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stem Cell
    My personal interest is in finding a cure for Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. My
    now 15 year old daughter was diagnosed almost 5 years ago. So far, she has
    pricked her fingers approximately 11,000 times, and has taken about 7,500
    insulin injections. If she had cancer, she could hope to be cured – or at
    least to go into remission so she wouldn't need 4 or 5 or 6 insulin shots
    every day just to stay alive. Right now, all we can hope for is that she
    doesn't have a heart attack or a stroke, that she doesn't go blind, that
    her kidneys keep working and that her feet and legs don't have to be amputated.

    ATTENTION STEM CELL RESEARCH SUPPORTERS

    Have you ever noticed how many Republicans, starting with President Bush, claim to be against Stem Cell Research because of the moral and ethical considerations? Have you noticed how they are fixed on 'embryonic' stem cell rather than admitting the successes of adult stem cells?
    This is not true. The very first thing republicans always say is that adult stem cells have cured many conditions. But you are right that even adult stem cells do not get adequate funding, and you are right that the pharmaceutical companies do not want there to be a cure. Even health improvements from laseracupuncture are looked on with disdain because it may mean less medication purchased for uti's etc.
    Personally my family and I stay away from doctors and the american healthcare system. My son Jason(15) became paralyzed due to medical malpractice, after he developed a bloodclot due to a collision with another soccer player.
    I'm keeping my eye on So.Korea, where big pharma doesn't have such a huge influence. My biggest fear remains that discoveries are bought and shelved by big pharma.

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    “thank You Dr. Frist For Your Courageous Decision”

    For Immediate Release:

    STEMPAC STATEMENT ON SENATOR FRIST’S DECISION TO SUPPORT HR 810;

    “THANK YOU DR. FRIST FOR YOUR COURAGEOUS DECISION” ANNOUNCES END TO “DON’T FILIBUSTER HOPE” TV AD, BEGINS “THANK YOU, DR. FRIST” CAMPAIGN

    July 29, 2005

    Contact: John Hlinko

    John@StemPAC.com

    202-744-6525


    Washington, DC

    – StemPAC, the highest trafficked web site in support of stem cell research and a newly launched 527 organization uniting pro-stem cell activists, today praised Senator Bill Frist’s decision to support HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (HR 810). StemPAC also announced that it would not extend the airing of its TV ad calling on Frist to not “Filibuster Hope.” The ad began running in New Hampshire this week, in response to Frist’s earlier opposition to HR 810.


    “This is a huge victory for the stem cell movement, and for all Americans. Senator Frist looked at the scientific evidence, looked into his heart, and made an extremely courageous decision to back HR 810,” said John Hlinko, founder of StemPAC. “As stem cell activists, and indeed as Americans, we need to thank Dr. Frist – and we need to work even harder to call upon other members of Congress and the President to join Dr. Frist and the overwhelming majority of Americans who support stem cell research, and the hope it offers.”


    (see www.StemPAC.com for Senator Frist’s statement on HR 810)


    In response, StemPAC announced that it would halt plans to extend the run of its current ad, and it would also cease production of additional ones targeted at Senator Frist.


    StemPAC also launched a “thank you Dr. First” letter writing campaign, and is asking its supporters to email and call Dr. Frist to express their gratitude and support.






    (See www.StemPAC.com for more on the “thank you Dr. Frist” effort)






    “This represents a giant leap forward in hope for me and the 128 million Americans like me who could potentially benefit from stem cell research,” said Sabrina Cohen, co-leader of StemPAC, Associate Director of the Genetics Policy Institute, and a quadriplegic as a result of a car accident at age 14.


    However, the group vowed to maintain its vigilance in the fight for 810, and for stem cell research in general.


    “This is but one battle in a long fight,” said Allyson Kapin, co-leader of StemPAC. “We will continue to do whatever we can to build a grassroots army in support of stem cell research, and to hold accountable those elected officials who refuse to listen.”

    "There’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority,” Molly Ivins explained; “What you need is sustained outrage.”
    Kerr, Keirstead, McDonald, Stice and Jun Yan courageously work on ESCR to Cure SCI.

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    Arrow Thank Dr. Frist

    Here's the latest StemPAC newsletter... exciting stuff indeed...

    --------------------------------------------------
    WOW! Frist to SUPPORT Stem Cell Research Bill!

    In a word -- WOW. This may be the single most exciting day of the
    StemPAC effort. Earlier this week, we told you that StemPAC had
    begun running a TV ad in New Hampshire, taking on Senator Frist for
    blocking HR 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. We asked
    for your donations to air it, and you responded -- big time.

    Well, miracles happen -- if you work for them. We are happy to
    report that Senator Frist announced today that he has rethought his
    position, and will now support HR 810. (get the details) This is
    huge, and it takes the bill's chance of passage in the Senate
    from "almost nil" to "very likely." Accordingly, we are taking down
    our NH ads. Pat yourself on the back -- and then get back to work,
    because we need more miracles.

    The battle is not over. The vote itself will not take place in the
    Senate for a few weeks. In the meantime, the anti stem cell
    extremists have already begun attacking Senator Frist, and are
    desperately trying to get him to switch his position. And we can be
    sure that others in the Senate will take extreme steps to derail the
    bill. In short, we've had a great victory today, and gained a key
    ally -- but our work is not done. Here's what we all need to do:


    Thank Senator Frist: Send him a thank you note now at
    http://www.stempac.com. Regardless of whether you're a Democrat,
    Republican, or "other," one thing should be clear -- what Senator
    Frist did today took an incredible amount of courage. Yes, we need
    to aggressively hold accountable those who oppose stem cell
    research, but we also need to recognize those who are willing to do
    the right thing. Senator Frist will be hearing from a lot of
    people on the other side, including some who are just plain creeps.
    He needs to hear from us as well. Take a second, and thank Senator
    Frist.

    Keep supporting StemPAC: Your dollars funded the ads in New
    Hampshire -- and your dollars will be needed to continue this fight.

    http://www.stempac.com/donate/

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    Join the "Google Hit Squad"

    The StemPAC Google hit count is now up to 20,4000 (www.stempac.com/google/). This is truly astonishing growth -- 10,000% growth in just two months -- and shows we are catching up on the grassroots front.

    Remember, visit www.stempac.com/google/, join the "Google Hit Squad" and keep the hits coming.

    Yes, yes, I know tracking Google hits is geeky, but remember -- every hit on the web is another chance for people to see our message, get educated on stem cells, and take action to further research.

    Keep it coming, folks, keep it coming....
    www.stempac.com/google/

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    dubya's phone # in latest stem pac ad!!!!

    Tue, August 9th: Call the White House -- Join the National "Cell-a-Thon!"



    Dear rob:

    The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) has planned a coordinated effort to show the President our support for embryonic stem cell research, and for H.R. 810 in particular.

    Please join StemPAC and about a zillion other advocacy organization, and help us flood the White House with phone calls on TUESDAY, August 9 -- the fourth anniversary of President Bush's stem cell policy announcement! It just takes a few seconds -- so do it!

    CALL TO ACTION:

    Call President Bush (202-456-1414) and ask him to

    "SIGN H.R. 810 INTO LAW WHEN THE BILL PASSES THE SENATE"

    You can also leave a message on the White House comment and suggestion line at 202-456-1111.

    Remember:

    1) Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to treat and better understand a host of diseases such as Parkinson's, juvenile diabetes, spinal cord injuries, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer's, and ALS.

    2) Polling data shows that embryonic stem cell research is supported by a majority of Americans.

    3) It is the will of over 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic and debilitating diseases and their families to see this legislation become law.

    Please share this with your friends and family -- remember, we need a FLOOD of calls.

    Thanks!

    The StemPAC Team
    www.StemPAC.com





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    New 527 Jolts Stem-Cell Debate

    August 8, 2005

    By Emily Pierce, Roll Call Staff

    Group Plans to Wield Carrots, Sticks on Divisive Issue

    There’s a new kid on the block in the battle over embryonic stem-cell research, and it’s threatening to make the debate less about the science of the issue and more about the political ramifications for lawmakers who oppose broad federal funding of the controversial studies.

    StemPAC, a group formed in May of this year but officially launched in July, is headed by John Hlinko, a Democratic political activist and founder of the "Draft Wesley Clark" presidential effort, along with a team of like-minded strategists, including media consultant Bud Jackson of the Jackson Group. Liberal Web logger Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of dailykos.com sits on its advisory board.

    The group aims to be more aggressive than groups already on the landscape, officials said.

    "We want to sort of be the bulldog in the yard," said Jackson in an interview. "We want to apply political pressure. ... We thought there was a vacuum out there and that there was a way to do this smarter."

    Despite its infancy, StemPAC made a media splash the week of July 25, when it announced plans to run ads criticizing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) apparent opposition to stem-cell research, including his reluctance to bring a broad House-passed stem-cell research bill to the Senate floor before the August recess.

    The ad was to have run in New Hampshire, where Frist would have to campaign if he is going to run for president in 2008 as is rumored. It would have criticized Frist for supporting the "outsourcing" of biomedical research jobs.

    However, StemPAC pre-empted the first airing of the commercials when Frist announced on July 29 that he supported passage of the House bill, following weeks of reports that he was working with nervous conservatives to come up with an alternative measure that could siphon votes away from the House measure during any Senate consideration.

    Hlinko and Jackson acknowledged that the ad buy in New Hampshire wasn’t going to involve much money, but added that the planned rolling media buy would have aired the ad 250 times in four days on ABC news programs, starting the Friday night of Frist’s announcement. Indeed, the mere announcement that StemPAC would begin airing ads resulted in $200,000 in donation pledges to the group.

    Once Frist shifted his position, the group changed tactics to running ads on liberal Web logs that thanked Frist for his "courage" in breaking with President Bush’s opposition to more embryonic stem-cell research. In fact, the StemPAC Web site generated 1,500 thank-you e-mails to Frist in the first 24 hours after his July 29 announcement, Hlinko said.

    Frist’s apparent change of heart is considered significant because it may prompt other wavering Republicans to buck Bush. The president does not support any changes to his policy of allowing federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research only on a handful of lines created before Aug. 9, 2001. Frist and other critics noted those lines are contaminated and cannot be used for successful human disease therapies.

    Hlinko said the group will push to create a national grass-roots movement dedicated to pressuring wavering lawmakers to support stem-cell research on embryos from fertility clinics that would be destroyed or discarded anyway. Most anti-abortion conservatives oppose such research because they consider it the destruction of a nascent human life.

    Hlinko said StemPAC will use both carrot and stick, spending most of its energy working to defeat lawmakers in the 2006 midterm elections rather than just supporting lawmakers who have voted for or back stem-cell research.

    "Whoever the biggest roadblocks are, we will target them," said Hlinko, adding that Democrats and Republicans alike could be targets.

    StemPAC’s tactics differ significantly from other pro-research groups, such as the Republican Main Street Partnership and the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, to name but a few.

    CAMR, for example, is comprised of doctors, researchers and patients’ rights groups that have more at stake before Congress than just research on embryonic stem cells, said spokesman Sean Tipton.

    CAMR’s member organizations "are inherently conservative in how they operate. It’s important for these organizations to have good relationships throughout the Congress," explained Tipton.

    Meanwhile, RMSP has run ads in a number of states hoping to influence wavering House and Senate lawmakers, but their ads have avoided naming the targeted politician for fear of upsetting GOP leaders in Washington. Instead, the ads simply explain what they see as the promise of stem-cell research to cure myriad of diseases and ask citizens to call Congress.

    It was RMSP members, such as Reps. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Mike Castle (R-Del.), who secured a deal with House GOP leaders to have the initial vote on the House stem-cell measure despite the party leadership’s distaste for it.

    Hlinko said that many people are advocating for stem-cell research, but few are taking a hard political line or trying to build a grassroots effort that can compete with the already massive grass-roots anti-abortion effort.

    "One thing that is not happening is lots and lots of people sending e-mails to Members of Congress and making phone calls," he said.

    Plus, tying the controversial outsourcing issue, which has become a concern for New Hampshire voters, to the stem-cell debate was a way of bringing these decisions home to both lawmakers and constituents, Jackson said.

    Still, the political bent of StemPAC worry some stem-cell research advocates. They fear that aggressive moves by the group could harm the delicate bipartisan balance required to pass the House bill in Congress.

    "We don’t think it’s helpful if the debate becomes too overtly partisan," said one such advocate, who requested anonymity. The advocate added that the fact that StemPAC’s entire organization is made up of Democratic partisans could pose trouble for the stem-cell movement.

    Hlinko said he understands why some may be concerned, but said his interest in the issue if more personal than partisan, given that his nephew was recently diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, an incurably fatal genetic disorder, but for which many researchers believe stem-cell research could provide a therapy.

    "The proper thing to do is to be aggressively bipartisan and also be aggressive in getting the grassroots out," said Hlinko, who added that it was a conscious decision to feature Republican stem-cell research supporters, such as Frist, Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), and former first lady Nancy Reagan, on their Web site.

    Besides, the first presidential campaign he worked on was for Ronald Reagan, he notes.

    "I’m not as liberal as people think," he said.

    Still, StemPAC’s targets will more often than not be Republicans, given that the GOP is home to a sizable majority of anti-abortion conservatives.

    Indeed, Jackson noted that Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who is up for re-election this year, would "definitely be a target" for StemPAC.

    "He’s in a tough election where we can play and probably make a difference," Jackson said.

    Hlinko said that while StemPAC is new, it has already "made a large Internet footprint very quickly." Hlinko boasts that the StemPAC Web site is the most visited pro-stem-cell research site on the Web, measured by Alexa.com Web rankings.

    Though the group is called StemPAC, Hlinko and Jackson said they are currently organized as a 527 political group, named for the section of the Internal Revenue Service code under which they organize, rather than as a traditional political action committee.

    Still, Jackson said they would likely create an actual PAC in the future in order to run ads close to election dates. Current campaign finance laws prohibit 527s and other "soft-money" groups from running ads within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election. PACs that use traceable hard money can run ads up until Election Day.
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    this group got my donation/support, as they do seem very well organized, pro-active, have top notch talent at the reins, and are broad based enough to pull in support from a lot of cell advocates/get the required critical mass to make cell technology a political entity to be respected...

    IMO, this type of effort is also well positioned to take on the extremists and put cell technology on solid ground.... It's not just SCI on the line here w/cell research, we're all in this together as humans trying to help humans....
    rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvr
    this group got my donation/support, as they do seem very well organized, pro-active, have top notch talent at the reins, and are broad based enough to pull in support from a lot of cell advocates/get the required critical mass to make cell technology a political entity to be respected...

    IMO, this type of effort is also well positioned to take on the extremists and put cell technology on solid ground.... It's not just SCI on the line here w/cell research, we're all in this together as humans trying to help humans....
    Thank you rvr!

    Unfortunately most on CC have been rather conservative in their advocacy, though I'm still hopeful to meet more CC folks like you and I who want to approach the Stem Cell Research issue as aggressively as the anti-abortionists take on their issue. Stem Cell Research is a Life and Death issue that should stir a passion like nothing else. Everyone, please become a Stem Cell Research Activist!

    Faye
    Last edited by Faye; 08-11-2005 at 12:41 AM.

    "There’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority,” Molly Ivins explained; “What you need is sustained outrage.”
    Kerr, Keirstead, McDonald, Stice and Jun Yan courageously work on ESCR to Cure SCI.

    Divisiveness comes from not following Christopher Reeve's ESCR lead.
    Young does ASCR.
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