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Renewed push for NJ Clone & Kill Bill, A2840/S1909. Immediate Action Needed!!!
NJ RTL ^ | 10.12.03

Posted on 10/12/2003 7:47:10 PM PDT by Coleus

New Jersey Right to Life
Renewed push for NJ Clone & Kill Bill, A2840/S1909. Immediate Action Needed!!!

Renewed Push for A2840/S1909 NJ Clone & Kill Bill

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Immediate Action Needed!!
 
The article below confirms there is a renewed push to get A2840/S1909 through the Assembly when the legislature returns after the November 4 election.

Trenton Times article

Please contact your 2 Assembly members immediately before the election to find out where they stand on this issue. Urge them to vote No on this legislation and "No" on any amendments. You can email your legislators from this page by going to the box that says "Take Action Now" and then fill in your required zip code.

On February 10, 2003, A2840/S1909 was pulled from the Assembly Voting Board List due to lack of support for the bill. The bill previously passed the State Senate and was released out of the Assembly Health Committee last February. As stated in the above article, the sponsor and the biotech industry are pressuring assembly members to support the bill and will try to bring it up again after the November election. Please read the following articles for background on the legislation.

Life Can Win

Grass Roots Campaign Sinks NJ Cloning Bill

Christopher Reeve Republicans

Here Come the Jersey Clones

On February 3, 2003, the Assembly Health Committee released A2840/S1909 out of committee on a party line vote with six Democrats voting for the bill and two Republicans abstaining. The Committee heard 4 hours of testimony from witnesses, an overwhelming majority of whom were opposed to the legislation. Please read the statement of the Minority Members of the Assembly Health Committee below. Continue to contact your two Assembly members and urge them to vote "No" on A2840/S1909.

NJRTL provided copies of a legal opinion addressed to NJRTL from Professor Gerard Bradley, et al. to Committee members as well as a letter written to Governor Jim McGreevey from four members of the President’s Council on Bioethics outlining some grave problems with the legislation. After the committee was made aware that the bill would allow therapeutic cloning, forced abortions, reproductive cloning, and the commercial trafficking in baby body parts, the committee released the bill over the objections of NJRTL who asked that the bill not be released from committee, but rather held for further discussion. Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg, the Chair of the Committee indicated that the sponsor would review the bill, and, possibly add amendments on the floor when the bill comes up for a vote before the full Assembly. The Senate bill was merged with the Assembly bill, which means they are now identical.

Click here to read this correspondence.

Letter to Governor McGreeevey from Members of the President's Council on Bioethics on A2840/S1909

Legal analysis by Professor Gerard Bradley, et al. on S1909/A2840

The State Senate had previously passed S1909 on December 16, 2002. At a January 12, 2003 press conference and during the January 14, 2003 State of the State Address, Governor McGreevey demanded that the Assembly pass the measure and vowed to sign it. Click here to see how your NJ Senators voted.

12/16/02 NJ Senate Vote on S1909/A2840

Action needed:

Continue to contact your two Assembly members and urge them to vote “NO” on A2840/S1909 and “NO” on any amendments that may be offered.

Here is a link to the bill.

Bill A2840


ASSEMBLY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES STATEMENT TO A2840
MINORITY STATEMENT
Submitted by
Assemblyman Samuel D. Thompson, Ph.D.
and Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk

Due to both the volume and content of the extensive testimony heard by the committee today, we cannot support the release of this bill at this time. Further, we believe the majority acted with undue haste in releasing the bill without taking time to give full consideration to the practical and ethical questions raised in the testimony.

The committee received testimony from doctors who specialize in medical research, and all concurred that evidence of the therapeutic benefits of embryonic stem cells is inconclusive. There is no scientific proof that use of these cells will produce the cures and remedies that so many advocates of this bill are promising. Further, there was unanimous agreement among scientists presenting testimony that the current use of adult stem cells has produced widespread therapeutic results for patients suffering from various debilitating ailments.

Therefore, it would be prudent to further enhance and improve the research and study of the medical use of adult stem cells(which produce proven therapeutic benefits) rather than embryonic stem cells which have yet to provide any therapeutic value - yet introduce staggering moral and ethical ramifications.

Testimony presented to the committee raises numerous questions regarding:

the definition of "newborn stages," and the potential this bill creates for the forced abortion of cloned embryos; the definition of "valuable consideration" which permits payment for implantation of cloned embryonic cells; the creation of a climate which replaces the current medical demand for aborted baby parts with cloned baby parts; the potential for medical abuses and exploitation of women and children; and the creation of a new class of human - one designated for the purpose of experimentation.

The committee was asked repeatedly to hold the bill for proper
consideration of potentially grave consequences, yet the bill was
released from committee with the majority's full endorsement and the promise that the sponsor would address the aforementioned concerns before the bill reaches the Assembly floor.

We believe the better course would have been for the committee to heed the calls for more careful consideration of the testimony and the issues raised, and to properly address them forthrightly at the committee level rather than hastily report the bill now with vague promises of future actions.

Spinning Stem Cells
A damning reporting pattern.
By Wesley J. Smith

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-smith042302.asp

The Transhumanists
The next great threat to human dignity.
By Wesley J. Smith

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-smith092002.asp

Slanting the Science
http://www.rossolson.org/bioethics/stem_cell.html

 
Aborted Fetuses are used in many childhood Vaccines

 
 
Is your Doctor a member of the AMA?  Look and see what they endorse.
 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman NEIL M. COHEN
Assemblyman
Neil M. Cohen, Democrat
District Office:  985 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, NJ 07083  (908)-624-0880

Assemblyman JOHN F. MCKEON,  J.D. Seton Hall University
District 20 (Union) Assemblyman John F. McKeon, Democrat
District Office:  4 Sloan St., Suite D & E, South
Orange, NJ 07079  (973)-275-1113

District 27 (Essex)
Assemblyman MIMS HACKETT, JR.
Assemblyman
Mims  Hackett, Democrat
District Office:  15 Village Plaza, Suite 1B, South Orange, NJ 07079  (973)-762-1886

District 27 (Essex)
Assemblywoman JOAN M. QUIGLEY
Assemblywoman
Joan M. Quigley, Democrat
 District Office:  The Hamilton Park Foundry, 242 10th St., Suite 101 , Jersey City, NJ 07302  (201)-217-4614

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson) Co-Sponsored by:
Assemblyman Guear
Assemblyman Gary L. Guear, Democrat
District Office:  1700 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Rd., Unit C-4, Hamilton, NJ 08690  609-587-4644
 and Assemblywoman Weinberg
Assemblywoman
Loretta  Weinberg, Democrat
District Office:  545 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, NJ 07666  (201)-928-0100

Assembly Speaker Sires allowes all bills out of Committee on which to be voted Albio  Sires, Democrat  District Office:  303 58th Street, West New York, NJ 07093  201-854-0900

AsmCohen@njleg.orgAsmHackett@njleg.org; AsmMcKeon@njleg.org; AswQuigley@njleg.org;
AswWeinberg@njleg.org

AsmGuear@njleg.org ; asmsires@njleg.org;


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Support A3206 
A3206 "New Jersey Abortion Statistical Data Law"
 
I think it would be prudent for us to support this bill since NJ is one of a few states in the USA which does not mandate clinics and hospitals to report their abortion statistics.  Although the bill doesn't touch upon RU-486 and fetuses discarded during in-vitro/vivo fertilizations it's a start in the right direction where at least we will know what's going on in hospitals and abortion mills.
 
 
 
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5 posted on 10/13/2003 5:44:17 PM PDT by fatima (4th ID prayers,.Thank you U.S.Navy.John Paul II,We love you,Viva Maria.)
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The Times of Trenton

On covering stem-cell research

By MARIE TASY

The Times' story covering a panel discussion on stem-cell research and its subsequent editorial advocating passage of S-1909/A-2840 had a number of important omissions and inaccuracies. Curiously, absent from The Times' coverage was any mention of three women, including me, who participated in the panel discussion, which leads one to wonder whether the editors of The Times, for all their championing of women's rights, actually believes that women's voices should be heard in this debate (``Stem cell research debated,'' Oct. 11). It's also sad that The Times could not present its view without resorting to name-calling.

The Times failed to mention important issues covered during the panel discussion, which include, but are not limited to, the uncontested fact that human embryonic stem cells have never been used successfully in clinical trials in humans and carry significant risks, including immune rejection and tumor formation.

Also omitted was the fact that there are myriad studies documenting cases where adult stem cells using umbilical cord blood, placenta, amniotic fluid, neural, muscle, fat and skin cells have shown great advances in curing diseases and illnesses that include Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. A study published in the Jan. 23, 2002, New Scientist reports on research conducted at the University of Minnesota showing that stem cells taken from adult bone marrow have the ability to proliferate extensively in culture and form virtually any tissue in the body _ properties once claimed exclusively for embryonic stem cells.

Another important point raised during the panel discussion, but not covered, was the concern that cloning techniques will lead to a new exploitation of women, subjecting them to undergo invasive procedures and use superovulatory drugs that increase their risk of developing cancer, as well as early osteoporosis. Even the scientists involved in the research are admitting that it would take ``thousands of human eggs on an assembly line'' to produce custom therapy for a single person. Thomas Okarma, chief executive of Geron Corp, a cell therapy company, said of therapeutic cloning, the odds favoring success ``are vanishingly small'' (``Clone Profit? Unlikely,'' May 10, 2002). The New York Times echoed that sentiment saying that research using embryonic stem cells and therapeutic cloning using artificially manufactured cloned human embryos is not even close to being perfected, let alone yielding cures (``The Promise of Therapeutic Cloning,'' Jan. 5).

The Times' editorial (``Time to pass the stem-cell bill,'' Oct. 14), erroneously stated that a N.J. bill (A-2840/S-1909) authorizing embryonic stem- cell research is identical to a California bill passed last year. The California bill has a 14-day limit on maintaining embryos for research. The N.J. bill has no such limit. In fact, the N.J. bill explicitly authorizes the artificial creation of human embryos through cloning (somatic cell nuclear transplantation) and experimentation up until birth. That is because cloning is defined in the proposed legislation very broadly _ the prohibited conduct is drawn at the ``newborn stages.'' In addition, while the bill makes it illegal to buy or sell embryonic or fetal tissue for profit, it allows ``reasonable payment'' for embryonic or cadaveric fetal tissue production, implantation, transplantation and preservation costs. This would authorize a commercial market in the sale of baby parts. To say the bill is extreme is an understatement.

Moreover, The Times wrongly assumed we declined to ``consistently'' answer what it calls one ``key question'' regarding the ``logic and human dignity in routine discarding of embryos created in fertility clinics.'' This question was addressed in a conversation I had with The Times' reporter after the panel discussion. Apparently, either she or the editors of The Times, decided not to print my response. One proposed solution to this dilemma is to enact regulations that would restrict the number of fertilized eggs manufactured in fertility clinics. A life-affirming alternative to the discarding of leftover embryos is already being employed by an entity known as Snowflake Adoption, which allows couples to adopt frozen embryos from fertility clinics and have them implanted and grown to term. Surely, this is an ethical alternative to Wise Young's ``trash it or use it'' philosophy.

The Times states that human embryos are not the equivalent of ``real, here- and-now human beings,'' but ``microscopic clusters of insenate cells.'' The truth of the matter is that we are all made up of microscopic clusters of cells. We were all once embryos at one stage in our lives, just as we once were or will become infants, toddlers, adolescents, adults and senior citizens. Nevertheless, we are all members of the human family. It is an undisputed fact that stem-cell research performed on human embryos results in the death of the human embryo. That a human embryo is a human being can be found in any standard textbook on embryology or standard medical dictionary. The crux of the issue is whether a human embryo, who by virtue of his/her humanity, has the right not to be killed or harmed in any way.

If the N.J. bill moves forward, it will set New Jersey on an irresponsible, unprecedented and morally disastrous course fraught with devastating consequences for humanity. Adult stem cells that are already curing people and do not have any of the ethical or practical problems associated with their use are the future of life science and humanity's hope for the future. That is where we should place our collective focus and resources.

NOTE: Marie Tasy is public and legislative affairs director, New Jersey Right to Life.

 

The Times of Trenton

Time to pass the stem-cell bill

By EDITORIAL

For seven months, a bill that would authorize and facilitate embryonic stem- cell research in New Jersey has awaited action in the state Assembly, blocked by a campaign of disinformation waged by the extreme pro-life lobby. Now, Assembly Democratic leaders say they plan to call the bill for a vote after the Nov. 4 election. To say it's about time would be an understatement.

Cellular biologists believe that stem cells, which can turn into various body tissues, could be the key to treatments for diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes, as well as neurological injuries. The stem cells would come from embryos slated to be discarded by fertility clinics, or could be developed from the patient's own tissue to ensure compatibility. Because New Jersey is home to a large and effective medical research establishment, enactment of the measure in this state would be particularly helpful.

But pro-lifers oppose such research, out of the belief that the microscopic clusters of insenate cells used in the research are the moral equal of real, here-and-now human beings and should not be used to alleviate those individuals' suffering. The opponents saw their opening last March when The Washington Post's arch-conservative commentator, Robert Novak, wrote a column asserting that New Jersey was ``moving at breakneck speed'' toward the legalization of human cloning via the stem-cell bill, which the Senate previously had passed, and singling out for special scorn the Republicans who supported it. The claim was entirely false, in that the measure specifically and for the first time would make cloning ``a crime of the first degree.'' Nevertheless, the column led to what The Star-Ledger called ``a blizzard of e- mail messages'' to the Legislature, many of them from people and groups that opposed the research in the first place. Many members of the Assembly suffered an attack of cold feet, and suddenly the bill was nine votes short of a majority. Its sponsor, Assemblyman Neil Cohen, D-New Roselle, withdrew it to conduct what he called an ``educational campaign'' among his colleagues to try to undo some of the damage wrought by Mr. Novak's column and those who exploited it.

Assemblyman Cohen's bill and its Senate counterpart, sponsored by Senate co- president, Richard J. Codey, D-West Orange, would allow researchers to work with newly cultivated stem-cell lines taken from unused embryos at New Jersey fertility clinics. Like a California law on which it is modeled, it would require the owners of the cells to give their written permission, and would allow no monetary compensation.

In a panel discussion on stem-cell research co-sponsored by The Times and held at Mercer County Community College last week, Dr. Wise Young of Rutgers, an expert on the subject, asserted that stem-cell biology is ``the future of life sciences'' and that preventing research ``has held back science.'' He posed a key question, one that the opponents of the pending legislation have consistently declined to address: Where is the logic and the human dignity in the routine discarding of embryos that are created for in vitro fertilization but not needed? ``I think it is more dignified to use them to save lives,'' Dr. Young said.

The Cohen-Codey bill would allow and encourage that outcome. The Assembly should approve it and send it to Gov. James E. McGreevey for his promised signature.


6 posted on 10/24/2003 4:38:58 PM PDT by Coleus (Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive.)
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To: All; PaulNYC; tsomer; Mixer; MattinNJ; OceanKing; TomT in NJ; Coleus; agrace; Alberta's Child; ...
NJ recently had an election and the Dims took over the Senate and Assembly, these type of bills will be coming up frequently. The Gov. is trying to boost the pharmaceutical industry and NJ economy by Cloning and Killing humans in the name of research. If it passes in NJ, other states are sure to follow, don't let NJ be the vanguard of Cloning/Killing in America.

Dear Pro-Life Friends:

There is a good possibility, the Clone and Kill Bill could be scheduled for a vote in the Assembly as early as Monday, December 15, 2003. Please barrage the offices of your two Assembly members with phone calls, faxes and emails. The sponsors are trying to claim that this bill has the support of the public majority. Let's prove them wrong! Please act immediately! Please distribute this message to your email, phone and fax networks.
Thank you,
Marie Tasy
Legislative Director, NJRTL

State Bill - Renewed Push for A2840/S1909 NJ Clone Kill Bill

Take Action!

Immediate Action Needed!!
Assembly sponsorNeil M. Cohen is trying to get S1909/A2840 through the Assembly in lame duck session. The vote on this bill can be scheduled anytime in the Assembly between the period December 15, 2003 and January 13, 2004. Please take immediate action after reading the items below.

PLEASE NOTE: THE FEDERAL BILL SUPPORTED BY SENATOR ORRIN HATCH AND FORMER FIRST LADY NANCY REAGAN IS NOT IDENTICAL TO THE NJ BILL! IN FACT, THE NJ BILL GOES WAY BEYOND THE MEASURE SUPPORTED BY SENATOR ORRIN HATCH.

10/24/03 NJRTL Op-ed rebuttal and 10/14/03 Trenton Times editorial advocating passage of S1909/A2840

10/11/03 Trenton Times article

Take Immediate Action

Please continue to call and write your 2 Assembly members at their local district offices immediately. Ask for a written response. Urge both your Assembly members to vote No on this legislation and "No" on any amendments.

If you do not know the names and phone numbers of your legislators, you can call the Office of Legislative Services at 1-800-792-8630 or you can go the top of this page and click on "Take Action!" then "home" then "NJ Legislature", enter your zip code in the specified location to obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of your state legislators. You can email your legislators directly from this page by going to the box that says "Take Action Now" and then fill in your required zip code.

For your friends without Computers they can thistoll-free number: 800-792-8630 to get their legislator information if they don't know it.

Background

On February 10, 2003, A2840/S1909 was pulled from the Assembly Voting Board List due to lack of support for the bill. The bill previously passed the State Senate and was released out of the Assembly Health Committee last February. As stated in the above article, the sponsor and the biotech industry are pressuring assembly members to support the bill and will try to bring it up again in the 03 lame duck session. Please read the following articles for further background on the legislation.

Life Can Win

Grass Roots Campaign Sinks NJ Cloning Bill

Christopher Reeve Republicans

Here Come the Jersey Clones

On February 3, 2003, the Assembly Health Committee released A2840/S1909 out of committee on a party line vote with six Democrats voting for the bill and two Republicans abstaining. The Committee heard 4 hours of testimony from witnesses, an overwhelming majority of whom were opposed to the legislation. Please read the statement of the Minority Members of the Assembly Health Committee below. Continue to contact your two Assembly members and urge them to vote "No" on A2840/S1909.

NJRTL provided copies of a legal opinion addressed to NJRTL from Professor Gerard Bradley, et al. to Committee members as well as a letter written to Governor Jim McGreevey from four members of the President’s Council on Bioethics outlining some grave problems with the legislation. After the committee was made aware that the bill would allow therapeutic cloning, forced abortions, reproductive cloning, and the commercial trafficking in baby body parts, the committee released the bill over the objections of NJRTL who asked that the bill not be released from committee, but rather held for further discussion. Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg, the Chair of the Committee indicated that the sponsor would review the bill, and, possibly add amendments on the floor when the bill comes up for a vote before the full Assembly. The Senate bill was merged with the Assembly bill, which means they are now identical.

Click here to read this correspondence.

Letter to Governor McGreeevey from Members of the President's Council on Bioethics on A2840/S1909

Legal analysis by Professor Gerard Bradley, et al. on S1909/A2840

The State Senate had previously passed S1909 on December 16, 2002. At a January 12, 2003 press conference and during the January 14, 2003 State of the State Address, Governor McGreevey demanded that the Assembly pass the measure and vowed to sign it. Click here to see how your NJ Senators voted.

12/16/02 NJ Senate Vote on S1909/A2840

Action needed:

Continue to contact your two Assembly members and urge them to vote “NO” on A2840/S1909 and “NO” on any amendments that may be offered.

Click here to read the bill. Bill A2840

Below is the 2/03/03 statement from the Republican Members of the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee on S1909/A2840.

ASSEMBLY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES STATEMENT TO A2840

MINORITY STATEMENT

Submitted by : Assemblyman Samuel D. Thompson, Ph.D.
and Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk

Due to both the volume and content of the extensive testimony heard by the committee today, we cannot support the release of this bill at this time. Further, we believe the majority acted with undue haste in releasing the bill without taking time to give full consideration to the practical and ethical questions raised in the testimony.

The committee received testimony from doctors who specialize in medical research, and all concurred that evidence of the therapeutic benefits of embryonic stem cells is inconclusive. There is no scientific proof that use of these cells will produce the cures and remedies that so many advocates of this bill are promising.


Further, there was unanimous agreement among scientists presenting testimony that the current use of adult stem cells has produced widespread therapeutic results for patients suffering from various debilitating ailments. Therefore, it would be prudent to further enhance and improve the research and study of the medical use of adult stem cells(which produce proven therapeutic benefits) rather than embryonic stem cells which have yet to provide any therapeutic value - yet introduce staggering moral and ethical ramifications.

Testimony presented to the committee raises numerous questions regarding:

the definition of "newborn stages," and the potential this bill creates for the forced abortion of cloned embryos; the definition of "valuable consideration" which permits payment for implantation of cloned embryonic cells; the creation of a climate which replaces the current medical demand for aborted baby parts with cloned baby parts; the potential for medical abuses and exploitation of women and children; and the creation of a new class of human - one designated for the purpose of experimentation.


The committee was asked repeatedly to hold the bill for proper consideration of potentially grave consequences, yet the bill was released from committee with the majority's full endorsement and the promise that the sponsor would address the aforementioned concerns before the bill reaches the Assembly floor. We believe the better course would have been for the committee to heed the calls for more careful consideration of the testimony and the issues raised, and to properly address them forthrightly at the committee level rather than hastily report the bill now with vague promises of future actions.

Sponsors of the bill and Assembly Leadership:

Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen, Democrat
District Office: 985 Stuyvesant Ave., Union,
NJ 07083  (908)-624-0880

Speaker of the NJ Assembly,
Assemblyman Albio  Sires, Democrat
District Office:  303 58th Street, West New York, NJ 07093  201-854-0900
asmcohen@njleg.org; asmsires@njleg.org;

AsmCohen@njleg.orgAsmHackett@njleg.org; AsmMcKeon@njleg.org; AswQuigley@njleg.org;
AswWeinberg@njleg.orgAsmGuear@njleg.org ; asmsires@njleg.org;


7 posted on 12/10/2003 10:57:28 AM PST by Coleus (God is Pro-Life & Straight & gave us an innate predisposition for protection and self preservation)
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Thanks for the ping!
8 posted on 12/10/2003 1:52:25 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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The Assembly has scheduled a vote on the NJ Clone and Kill Bill for Monday, December 15, 2003 at 1 p.m. In addition to contacting your Assembly members, please try to come down to the Statehouse on Monday, Dec 15 so we can have a presence. Please carpool and spread the word through your networks.

A suggested time of arrival at the Statehouse would be 11:00 a.m.or earlier. Please do not assume that your Assembly members are opposed because of their past opposition to this bill. Special emphasis should be placed on Assembly members who will not be returning to the Legislature in January. Below is a link to directions to the Statehouse as well as my most recent alert.

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislativepub/directions.asp
9 posted on 12/10/2003 6:40:48 PM PST by Coleus (God is Pro-Life & Straight & gave us an innate predisposition for protection and self preservation)
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To: Coleus
Bump for action
10 posted on 12/12/2003 1:31:27 PM PST by Freemeorkillme
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NJ Assembly RollCall Stem Cells, 1st Ld-Writethru

12/15/2003, 8:50 p.m. ET (AP) — The Assembly voted 41-31 with seven abstentions Monday to approve a bill that supports stem cell research. "Y" is yes, "N" is no, "X" is no vote.

Ahearn, Matt, I-Bergen Y
Altamuro, Stephen, R-Gloucester N
Arnone, Michael J., R-Monmouth N
Asselta, Nicholas, R-Cumberland N
Azzolina, Joseph, R-Monmouth X
Barnes, Peter J., D-Middlesex Y
Bateman, Christopher, R-Somerset X
Biondi, Peter, R-Somerset N
Blee, Frank, R-Atlantic N
Bodine, Francis L., R-Burlington N
Bramnick, Jon, R-Union, N
Burzichelli, John J., D-Gloucester Y
Caraballo, Wilfredo, D-Essex Y
Carroll, Michael P., R-Morris N
Chatzidakis, Larry, R-Burlington N
Chivukula, Upendra J., D-Somerset Y
Cohen, Neil M., D-Union Y
Conaway, Herbert, D-Burlington Y
Conners, Jack, D-Camden Y
Connors, Christopher J., R-Ocean N
Conover, Kirk, R-Atlantic N
Corodemus, Steve, R-Monmouth N
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa, D-Camden Y
Cryan, Joseph, D-Union Y
Dancer, Ronald, R-Ocean N
DeCroce, Alex, R-Morris N
Diegnan, Patrick J., D-Middlesex N
DiGaetano, Paul, R-Passaic N
Doherty, Michael J., R-Warren N
Doria, Joseph V., D-Hudson Y
Eagler, Peter C., D-Passaic Y
Edwards, Willis, D-Essex Y
Egan, Joseph V., D-Middlesex Y
Farragher, Clare M., R-Monmouth N
Fisher, Douglas H., D-Cumberland Y
Fraguela, Rafael J., R-Hudson Y
Friscia, Arline M., R-Middlesex X
Green, Jerry, D-Union Y
Greenstein, Linda, D-Middlesex Y
Greenwald, Louis D., D-Camden Y
Gregg, Guy, R-Morris N
Guear, Gary L., D-Mercer Y
Gusciora, W. Reed, D-Mercer Y
Hackett, Mims, D-Essex Y
Heck, Rose M., R-Bergen N
Holzapfel, James W., R-Ocean X
Impreveduto, Anthony, D-Hudson Y
Johnson, Gordon M., D-Bergen Y
Kean, Sean, R-Monmouth N
Malone, Joseph, R-Burlington X
McKeon, John F., D-Essex Y
McHose, Alison, R-Sussex N
Merkt, Richard, R-Morris N
Munoz, Eric, R-Union N
Myers, Connie, R-Hunterdon N
O'Toole, Kevin, R-Essex N
Payne, William, D-Essex Y
Pennacchio, Joseph, R-Morris N
Perez-Cinciarelli, Elba, D-Hudson Y
Pou, Nellie, D-Passaic Y
Previte, Mary, D-Camden X
Quigley, Joan, D-Hudson Y
Roberts, Joseph J., D-Camden Y
Rooney, John E., R-Bergen N
Rumpf, Brian, R-Ocean N
Russo, David C., R-Bergen N
Scalera, Frederick, D-Bergen Y
Sires, Albio, D-Hudson Y
Smith, Robert J., D-Gloucester Y
Stanley, Craig, D-Essex Y
Steele, Rev. Alfred, D-Passaic N
Stender, Linda, D-Union Y
Thompson, Sam, R-Monmouth X
Tucker, Donald, D-Essex Y
Van Drew, Jeff, D-Cape May Y
Vandervalk, Charlotte, R-Bergen X
Watson-Coleman, Bonnie, D-Mercer Y
Weinberg, Loretta, D-Bergen Y
Wisniewski, John S., D-Middlesex Y
Wolfe, David W., R-Ocean N
Note: Assembly 44D, 36R
Overrides: two-thirds or 54 votes.
Amendments: three-fifths or 48 votes.

Late this afternoon, the NJ Assembly passed the NJ Cloning Bill.  The bill narrowly passed after much arm twisting with 40 Democrats and one Green Party member voting for the bill.  Only Democratic Assemblyman Alfred Steele voted against the bill and one Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Previte abstained.  
 
Below is the roll call vote. All Republicans took a party position, either voting no or abstained. Many Catholic Democrats voted for the bill. They include, but are not limited to Peter Barnes, Joseph Egan, Nilsa Cruz-Perez,  Jack Conners, Peter Eagler, Joseph Roberts, Joseph Cryan, Rafael J. Fraguela , Frederick Scalera, Joseph Doria, Joan Quigley, Albio Sires, Nellie Pou, Anthony Impreveduto, John Wisniewski.
 
Many thanks go out to the following Republican Assembly members who spoke out very eloquently against the bill.  Assemblywoman Alison McHose, Michael Doherty, Mike Carroll, Joe Pennachio, Clare Farragher, Joe Malone, Eric Munoz.
 
Also, please consider sending a thank you to Assemblyman Alfred Steele and Assemblywoman Mary Previte for holding firm to their convictions. 
 
The bill now goes to McGreevey who said he will sign the bill. Call Governor McGreevey at 609 292-6000, Fax at 609 292-3454. Urge him to veto the bill.

11 posted on 12/15/2003 9:56:19 PM PST by Coleus (God is Pro-Life & Straight & gave us an innate predisposition for protection and self preservation)
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To: Coleus
Thanks for the information!
12 posted on 12/15/2003 10:02:45 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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Senate (S1909) Version Vote Tally

 Stem-cell research bill squeaks through Assembly
McGreevey says he'll sign it, putting Jersey at odds with Bush policy

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

BY ROBERT SCHWANEBERG
Star-Ledger Staff

Supporters said it could lead to a cure for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's and other diseases. Opponents warned it would permit "ghoulish" fetus farms in which genetically designed humans were bred solely to be slaughtered for their organs.

In the end, a bill making New Jersey the second state to officially encourage medical research using embryonic stem cells passed the Assembly yesterday by a single vote. Passage came despite opposition by the state's Catholic bishops and anti-abortion activists. It also flew in the face of President Bush's sharp restriction of embryonic stem cell research.

The bill now goes to Gov. James E. McGreevey, who said last night, "I look forward to signing it into law."

Thirty-nine Democrats were joined by Assemblymen Rafael Fraguela (R-Hudson) and Matt Ahearn (Green Party-Bergen) in mustering the 41 votes needed to pass the bill in the 80-member Assembly. The vote followed an emotional 45-minute debate.

Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union), a sponsor who went desk to desk, cajoling wavering colleagues during the 10 minutes the voting board was kept open, said securing the bill's passage "will be the most significant thing I do in my life."

In an impassioned speech, Cohen said embryonic stem cell research holds the promise of eventual cures for the millions of Americans afflicted by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, multiple sclerosis, cancer, diabetes, paralysis and other ailments. He told his fellow lawmakers the proposal was "the most significant law we'll pass this century."

The bill's main sponsor, Senate Co-President Richard Codey (D-Essex), called its passage "a fantastic opportunity for New Jersey to show the rest of the world we intend to promote medical progress rather than stifle it."

The passage came 12 months after the Senate approved the bill. Following yesterday's vote, Assembly Republican leader Alex DeCroce (R-Morris) booted Fraguela out of the GOP caucus for breaking ranks with the party.

Marie Tasy, director of public and legislative affairs for New Jersey Right to Life, said that if McGreevey signs the bill, "we'll have the shameful distinction of being the cloning capital of the world."

The bill makes it a crime punishable by 20 years in prison to clone a human being, but opponents said that provision bans only the actual birth of a living human clone.

Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Warren) said a cloned embryo could be carried in a womb "almost completely to birth" and killed "to take its body parts" without violating the bill. Right to Life ran radio advertisements yesterday warning of "ghoulish" fetal farms.

Addressing that charge, Cohen told fellow lawmakers it was "an absurdity" to think either he or the bill would allow "fetal farming," adding that anyone who implanted a cloned embryo into a womb would face criminal prosecution for attempted cloning. He said any embryo used in stem cell research would "stay in the petri dish."

New Jersey's Catholic bishops opposed the bill because the only way to obtain embryonic stem cells, they said, "is to kill the living human embryo."

"We believe it is more important than ever to stand for the principle that government must not treat any living human being as research material, as a mere means for benefit to others," the bishops wrote.

The Catholic Conference added that research using adult stem cells does not raise such ethical objections and holds great promise, while the prospect of embryonic stem cell research leading to cures remains "pure conjecture."

But J. Richard Goldstein, president of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, said yesterday that embryonic stem cells are more adaptable and "seem to be better suited for the research."

Although the bill provides no funding, Goldstein said officially encouraging stem cell research -- as California has done -- could draw scientists to New Jersey.

"Right now some of our best scientists are studying in Europe rather than America," Goldstein said. "This puts us back into the game to be No. 1 in research."

In 2001, in an effort to prevent the destruction of any more embryos, Bush limited federal funding to existing lines of embryonic stem cells. At the time, they were believed to number about 60, but last May the director of the National Institutes of Health said only 11 were available for research.

Codey's bill aims to expand the number of embryonic stem cell lines by informing couples undergoing in vitro fertilization that they have the option of donating any unused embryos for medical research.

"You have thousands of eggs from in vitro fertilization that are going to be flushed down the sewer," Cohen said. He urged his colleagues to instead allow them to be used to find a cure for disease.

Robert Schwaneberg covers legal issues. He can be reached at rschwaneberg@starledger.com  or (609) 989-0324.
Newark Star Ledger Article
 
CELLING LIES (Stem Cell Myths exposed by Michael Fumento)
 
Lies About Fetal Stem Cell Research
 
Adult Cells Do It Better

13 posted on 12/16/2003 5:15:29 PM PST by Coleus (God is Pro-Life & Straight & gave us an innate predisposition for protection and self preservation)
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Good Evening All-

My family has had experience with some pretty dreadful diseases that could benefit from advancements in stem cell research. I'm hardcore conservative, except for this chapter of my life's book.

~ Blue Jays ~

14 posted on 12/16/2003 8:31:21 PM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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Trenton Plays God
A whole new world.

In New Jersey this morning, human cloning is one signature away from a statewide legal green light.

Democratic assemblyman Neil Cohen told his colleagues that Assembly Bill 2840 "is not the most significant law we'll write this session — but this century." He's right.

On Monday, during a lame-duck session, the New Jersey state assembly passed an unprecedented bill authorizing human cloning in the Garden State. Veiled as an innocuous "stem-cell" bill in most of the media and by its sponsors and supporters, not one state senator opposed it when it was first up for a vote a year ago this month.

When the assembly voted on Monday, all but one Republican (Rafael Fraguela) either voted "no" or abstained. Only Democratic Assemblyman (Alfred Steele) voted against the bill, and one Democratic assemblywoman (Mary Previte) abstained. That the vote was as close as it was is a credit to the work of the New Jersey Right to Life Committee, fighting against a muddle of disinformation fed by the biotech industry in and out of state. The roll call, too, suggests there is a learning curve on even the most heated issues involving human life: Republicans, for the most part, managed to reach a consensus to reject the bill, despite emotional ad campaigns — and the endorsement of Christopher Reeve.

As Wesley Smith, author of The Culture of Death, pointed out last week, the bill's "terms would make it legal in New Jersey to create a human cloned embryo, implant it in a willing woman's womb, gestate it through the ninth month, and only require that the cloned fetus be killed before it becomes a 'new human individual,' e.g., at the very point of birth. This means that [the] law would expressly permit implantation and gestation for any amount of time before the cloned fetus becomes a 'new human individual'!"

That's why the opponents of the bill, now passed by both houses of the New Jersey legislature, have accurately dubbed it a "clone-and-kill" bill.

Three members of the President's Council on Bioethics wrote to Democratic Governor James McGreevey last January imploring him not to sign the cloning bill into law. They warned that it "threatens to make New Jersey a haven for unethical medical practices, including the macabre practice of human fetal farming."

They wrote:

[The] legislation expressly authorizes the creation of new human beings by cloning and, perhaps unintentionally, their cultivation from the zygote stage through the newborn stage for the purpose of harvesting what the bills themselves refer to as "cadaveric" fetal tissue. Please pause to consider whose cadaver the tissue is to be derived from. It is the cadaver of a distinct member of the species homo sapiens — a human being — who would be brought into being by cloning and, presumably, implanted and permitted to develop to the desired stage of physical maturation for the purpose of being killed for the harvesting of his or her tissues.

Although the legislation purports to ban trafficking in fetal body parts for "valuable consideration," it expressly permits "reasonable payment" for "removal, processing, disposal, preservation, quality control, storage, transplantation, or implantation of embryonic or cadaveric fetal tissue." This is a virtual invitation to cloning entrepreneurs to conduct in the State of New Jersey what would amount to fetal farming for research, presumably including experimental treatments. There seems to be nothing in the legislation to prevent cloning entrepreneurs from paying women a "reasonable" fee to gestate embryos and submit to abortions for the production of human bodily tissues and organs. The entrepreneurs could then charge a "reasonable" fee to their customers for "processing," "preserving," "storing," "transplanting," or "implanting" fetal cadavers and tissues.

And what if a gestating woman has second thoughts and decides not to abort the developing fetus? Would a court be asked to enforce a contract for abortion? We hope and trust that no court would do that. But then we would have what the sponsors of the legislation say they oppose: the birth of human clones.

The governor of New Jersey is about to take a giant leap into the brave new world. He and his staff would be wise to read the bill that has just been passed, read the bioethics council members' letter, and reconsider.

And another legislature, the U.S. Congress, should study this bill carefully and realize what's happening while they fiddle.
Kathryn Jean Lopez
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New Jersey's brave new world

December 15, 2003

BY ROBERT NOVAK SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

The lame-duck New Jersey State Assembly is poised today to pass a bill members of President Bush's Council on Bioethics contend will permit human cloning. This manipulation plows new ground in the struggle over whether there should be moral limits on science's relentless thrust. With federal anti-cloning legislation stalled in the U.S. Senate, the Garden State takes the first step toward a brave new world.

This bill, passed a year ago by the state Senate, was set to roar through the Assembly in February. It was abruptly pulled from the floor after my column of Feb. 5 pointed out a national precedent would be established in Trenton. Legislative leaders determined to lie low until after the 2003 state elections, then bring back the bill before newly elected legislators are sworn in Jan. 8.

In pressing for this week's vote, the bill's sponsors misrepresent prominent Republicans as supporters. Mostly, they operate by stealth. The action is to be taken by a legislative body where 11 of 80 members are lame ducks who will not sit in the next session.

Just what they are voting on is garbled. The bill asserts that cloning a human being is a ''first degree'' crime, a prohibition harped on by its proponents. In fact, this only prohibits making a baby through nine months of gestation followed by childbirth.

Actually, the legislation permits ''somatic cell nuclear transfer,'' which the President's Council unanimously calls an authorization for ''creation of new human beings by cloning.'' The council's official report asserts ''the initial product'' of somatic cell nuclear transfer is ''a living (one-celled) cloned human embryo.'' The process intends ''to produce such an entity: one that is alive (rather than non-living), one that is human (rather than non-human or animal).'' In short, New Jersey is about to legalize human cloning technique that effectively is exempted from its disingenuous criminal prohibition.

Democratic Assemblyman Neil M. Cohen, deputy majority leader and principal sponsor, last week sent a ''Dear Colleague'' letter asking support for ''stem cell research legislation'' to fight any number of diseases. Cohen claimed backing from ''a wide variety of notables, including those with a conservative philosophy.'' He cited Nancy Reagan, Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and John McCain and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. The implication that any of them endorses Cohen's bill is a canard.

Cohen has distributed a letter written by Mrs. Reagan to Hatch, in which she favors ''new legislation to allow the ethical use of therapeutic cloning'' which might protect families from sharing pain inflicted on her because of Alzheimer's disease. She does not address the New Jersey bill and obviously is unfamiliar with it.

Hatch is more responsible than any other single senator for blocking Sen. Sam Brownback's federal anti-cloning legislation, but he cannot properly be called a backer of Cohen's bill. His aides told this column that Hatch would not support any bill permitting implantation of a cloned embryo or development of a clone for more than 14 days, both of which are permitted by the New Jersey bill. As for McCain, his staff told us: ''We have not endorsed any cloning bill in New Jersey.''

It is even more absurd to place Thompson in Jersey's brave new world. Asserting the president desires anti-cloning legislation, the secretary added that ''the administration could not support any measure purporting to ban 'reproductive' cloning while authorizing 'research' cloning.''

As the bill's contents and supporters are obscured, advocates have not encouraged full debate. When the Newark Star-Ledger blamed me for helping ''stir up enough criticism to keep the bill from passing,'' New Jersey Right to Life asked the paper to print a letter to Gov. James McGreevey from four members of the President's Council asserting that the bill ''threatens to make New Jersey a haven for human fetal farming.'' The editors said they would ''pass.'' The issue has not been fully explored as the lame-duck Assembly takes a fateful step.

Novak in Suntimes
Novak in Townhall


15 posted on 12/16/2003 9:41:15 PM PST by Coleus (God is Pro-Life & Straight & gave us an innate predisposition for protection and self preservation)
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Assemblyman Alex DeCroce/973-984-0922

Assembly Republican Office/609-292-5339

December 15, 2003

DeCROCE DENOUNCES FRAGUELA VOTE

ON STEM-CELL RESEARCH

FRAGUELA REMOVED FROM THE ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN CAUCUS
                                                                              

            As a result of self-interested actions of Assemblyman Rafael Fraguela, Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce today removed him as member of the Assembly Republican caucus

            "In light of Assemblyman Fraguela's disturbing vote supporting the harvesting of human embryonic cells for profit, I cannot in good conscience recognize him as a member of the Assembly Republican caucus," stated DeCroce, R-Morris, Passaic.  "This decision is Assemblyman Fraguela's own doing.  On such an important issue as this, he had an obligation to his constituents and his fellow members to participate in the debate that occurred during caucus."                  
             The bill, S-1909, permits human cloning in order to harvest fetal tissue for stem-cell research.   The bill also allows for payment for removal, processing, disposal, storage, preservation, transplantation and implantation of embryonic or fetal tissue.  Enacting this bill into law will allow women to participate in this type of activity for profit.

            "This bill is a matter of conscience and deserved thoughtful consideration," continued DeCroce.  "Assemblyman Fraguela did not give the consideration that such a sensitive issue as stem-cell research deserves.  He failed to attend caucus and discuss his views with his colleagues.  If he intended to vote in favor of this bill, he bore the responsibility to share that with the other members."

            "Assemblyman Fraguela showed a complete lack of competence with regards to this situation," DeCroce stated.  "The discussion in our caucus was comprehensive and resulted in a decision to have a united front against this bill.  Assemblyman Fraguela turned his back on his constituents and colleagues."

            "For the duration of this legislative session he can go his own way," said DeCroce.

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16 posted on 12/16/2003 9:49:00 PM PST by Coleus (God is Pro-Life & Straight & gave us an innate predisposition for protection and self preservation)
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Coleus, for any reader wanting to better understand just what cloning and ESCR really are (the basics in biology and the biomed applications intended), I've just finished a short book that I will e-mail to anyone requesting it via freepmail. The book is intended for the layperson and is not a technical treatise. When the reader finishes, the issues will be much clearer regarding this cannibalism.
17 posted on 12/16/2003 10:20:55 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Coleus
I failed to mention ... it's free.
18 posted on 12/16/2003 10:22:38 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: carenot; Calpernia; Registered; shaggy eel; jwalsh07; betty boop; Utah Girl; Jeff Head; ...
ping, if you're interested
19 posted on 12/16/2003 10:48:49 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Jim Robinson; RJayneJ
* hope I'm not violating any rulse with this
20 posted on 12/16/2003 10:50:23 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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* If you're interested
21 posted on 12/16/2003 11:18:10 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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* if you're inclined
22 posted on 12/16/2003 11:25:20 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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NJ needs MAJOR reform.
23 posted on 12/17/2003 10:41:00 AM PST by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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To: MHGinTN
If you would like to make your book an eBook download, I volunteer server space.
24 posted on 12/17/2003 10:44:00 AM PST by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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Have you considered putting it online? You'd reach a big audience.
25 posted on 12/17/2003 2:23:22 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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Actually, Calpernia is working on it! Will post&ping a thread with short essay, to link to the posted manuscript when it's ready.
26 posted on 12/17/2003 2:34:51 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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The NJ RTL is a Non-Sectarian/non-partisan organization but off the record, they were aghast, to say the least when they found out that Gov. McGreevey was going to sign the bill on the Lord's day, Sunday, during advent, on the Sunday before Christmas; FYI the Governor ran on an Irish Catholic platform promoting his family values with his Nurse Mother and Marine Corps/Drill Instructor Father. Freepers from all states are encouraged to call the Governor, once cloning starts here, other states are sure to follow.

New Jersey Right to Life
Act Now! Governor McGreevey to sign Clone and Kill Bill on Sunday, December 21, 2003

 December 17, 2003

Dear Pro-Life Friends:

I just received word that Governor McGreevey is supposed to sign A2840/S1909 on Sunday, December 21, 2003, right before Christmas

This bill is an assault on humanity!! 

Please deluge his office with phone calls and faxes and emails.  Please do all three.  Urge him to veto this bill!

His phone number is 609 292-6000.  Fax number is (609) 292-3454
e-mail: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/govmail.html 

December 19, 2003
 
 
Dear Pro-Life Friends:
 
Below is a Joint Statement from NJ Members of Congress, Chris Smith, Michael Ferguson and Scott Garrett issued today urging Governor McGreevey to reconsider A2840/S2909. Please continue to call and fax Governor McGreevey. Urge him to Veto S1909/A2840.  
PLEASE ACT NOW!  PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO YOUR EMAIL AND PHONE NETWORKS!  CALL GOVERNOR MCGREEVEY ASAP AT 609 292-6000, EMAIL HIM AT
 
 
Thank you
Marie Tasy

The New Jersey State Legislature has narrowly passed the most extreme and ethically flawed pro-cloning legislation in the country, which has been sent to Governor McGreevey for his consideration.  In response, three of New Jersey’s U.S. Representatives – Chris Smith (R-Hamilton), Mike Ferguson (R-Warren), and Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) made the following statement urging the Governor to carefully and soberly reconsider the full legal and moral ramifications of signing this unprecedented proposal into law.

“We urge the Governor take a step back from a historic and troubling threshold that ought not be crossed lightly.

“The bill being considered for signature on McGreevey’s desk would not only allow the cloning of human beings for research purposes, but would also allow cloned human embryos to be implanted into a woman’s womb, allow the cloned human to develop to the fetal stage, and then use this human child for research where he or she could be killed for their ‘spare parts.’

“This legislation will launch New Jersey blindly into the vanguard of terrible human rights violations and grisly human experimentation.  We are literally facing the prospect of creating a human clone, and implanting this cloned baby into a woman’s womb.  Once this happens, nothing can stop the world’s first human clone from being born and starting a horrible new era of human history.

“As advocates for increased funding to support life-affirming biomedical research, we fully understand the drive to cure debilitating diseases and to improve health care for those who are suffering.  But allowing human fetus farms for research is not an ethical or practical solution.

“Rather, the priority should be to fund the most ethical and the most promising avenues of research – adult stem cell research – which could find cures that will not exploit human life and incite controversy.  Each dollar that goes toward projects that clone humans and destroy human life at its earliest stage of development takes away from ethical research that is moving forward at an incredible rate and that does not have the ethical baggage attached to human cloning.

“Furthermore, proponents of human cloning used a lame duck session to jam through the most extreme legislation in the country.  We commend the significant number of Assembly members who voted against this deeply flawed bill, and we urge the Governor to step back from the brink of a wholly preventable disaster.

“The use of adult stem cell and cord blood stem cell research is ethical and successful. Adult stem cells are already being used to successfully treat humans suffering from cancers, autoimmune diseases, anemias, immunodeficiencies, bone and cartilage deformities, corneal scarring, stroke, heart damage, Parkinson’s, and skin damage.

“Adult and cord blood stem cells are able to generate virtually all tissue types; they can multiply almost indefinitely to be used for treatment; they have proven successful in laboratory culture and in animal models; and they have the ability to find and repair damage.  Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells do not cause tumors, and they do not have the problem of transplant rejection.

More Info. on Cloning

27 posted on 12/19/2003 4:21:38 PM PST by Coleus (God is Pro-Life & Straight & gave us an innate predisposition for protection and self preservation)
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Thanks for the ping!
28 posted on 12/19/2003 9:50:22 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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Due to the fact that Sen. Dick Codey's Father Died, the Bill signing for this Sunday is postponed, there is still time to call, fax and e-mail Governor McGreevey (do all three) and request that he do not sign the bill! Renewed push for NJ Clone & Kill Bill, A2840/S1909. Immediate Action Needed!!!
29 posted on 12/21/2003 12:38:46 PM PST by Coleus (God is Pro-Life & Straight & gave us an innate predisposition for protection and self preservation)
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Stem-cell cloning bill to become law Sunday?!Sources say New Jersey governor poised to sign 'disastrous' measure this weekend

December 20, 2003

New Jersey's controversial stem-cell research law, passed earlier this week by the state Assembly is likely to become state law tomorrow, say pro-life opponents of what they have long nicknamed the "clone-and-kill bill."

Although Liz Ortiz of the governor's office said she had "no information" as to when Gov. James McGreevey would sign the bill, New Jersey Right to Life Public and Legislative Affairs Director Marie Tasy said an inside source alerted her that the governor plans to sign it into law Sunday. The bill, S1909/A2840, would become effective immediately.

In a telephone interview, Tasy said the global and national implications of the bill are "horrific." In a press statement, she wrote, "Under this bill, human lives will be treated as a commodity, creating classes of lesser humans to be sacrificed. …"

Last Monday, the Assembly passed the bill that would make that state the second in the nation, after California, to permit embryonic stem-cell research.

Shortly after George W. Bush became president, Congress restricted research on cells taken from embryos since 2001, while allowing research on certain previously harvested "strains" of cells. Under the new law, New Jersey's pharmaceutical biomedical firms could experiment on live cells from embryos discarded at fertility clinics.

Pro-life groups and Catholic leaders campaigned to block the bill – even declaring success last February when the New Jersey Assembly voted at the last minute to kill the bill – after the Senate had passed it and the governor said he'd sign it. This time, however, the bill has passed both houses and it awaits the governor's promised signature.

Stem cells, which are created in the first few days of life, are "undifferentiated" and can therefore be induced artificially to grow into different types of tissue, prompting researchers to believe they hold the key to the creation of new treatments for diseases such as multiple sclerosis and cancer.

Since stem cells can be harvested only by destroying a fetus shortly after fertilization, such legislation has been fiercely opposed by anti-abortion groups.

Widespread opposition

Describing the effect of the legislation as "breathtaking, unprecedented and widely regarded as morally disastrous," Notre Dame law professor Gerard Bradley says "the legislation authorizes commercial traffic in the body parts of human beings 'cultivated' (the bill's word) up to the moment of birth." Bradley added, "Since the only way to 'cultivate' embryos is by implantation in a woman's womb, the bills expressly authorize payment for 'implantation' and 'transplantation' of embryos."

Four members of the President's Council on Bioethics wrote McGreevey expressing "grave concern" about the bill, when it was being considered by the state Senate. Council members William Hurlbut of Stanford University, Robert George of Princeton, Alfonso Gomez of Georgetown University, and Gilbert Meilanander of Valpuaiso University, all medical doctors, signed the letter:

Please pause to consider whose cadaver the tissue is to be derived from. It is … a human being – who would be brought into being by cloning and, presumably, implanted and permitted to develop to the desired stage of physical maturation for the purpose of being killed for the harvesting of his or her tissues.

And in a dramatic appeal late yesterday, three of New Jersey's U.S. representatives – Chris Smith, Mike Ferguson and Scott Garrett – implored their state's governor to reconsider signing the bill:

We urge the governor take a step back from a historic and troubling threshold that ought not be crossed lightly.

The bill being considered for signature on McGreevey's desk would not only allow the cloning of human beings for research purposes, but would also allow cloned human embryos to be implanted into a woman's womb, allow the cloned human to develop to the fetal stage, and then use this human child for research where he or she could be killed for their "spare parts."

This legislation will launch New Jersey blindly into the vanguard of terrible human-rights violations and grisly human experimentation. We are literally facing the prospect of creating a human clone, and implanting this cloned baby into a woman's womb. Once this happens, nothing can stop the world's first human clone from being born and starting a horrible new era of human history.

As advocates for increased funding to support life-affirming biomedical research, we fully understand the drive to cure debilitating diseases and to improve health care for those who are suffering. But allowing human fetus farms for research is not an ethical or practical solution.

Rather, the priority should be to fund the most ethical and the most promising avenues of research – adult stem cell research – which could find cures that will not exploit human life and incite controversy. Each dollar that goes toward projects that clone humans and destroy human life at its earliest stage of development takes away from ethical research that is moving forward at an incredible rate and that does not have the ethical baggage attached to human cloning.

Furthermore, proponents of human cloning used a lame duck session to jam through the most extreme legislation in the country. We commend the significant number of Assembly members who voted against this deeply flawed bill, and we urge the governor to step back from the brink of a wholly preventable disaster.

The use of adult stem cell and cord blood stem cell research is ethical and successful. Adult stem cells are already being used to successfully treat humans suffering from cancers, autoimmune diseases, anemias, immunodeficiencies, bone and cartilage deformities, corneal scarring, stroke, heart damage, Parkinson's, and skin damage.

Adult and cord blood stem cells are able to generate virtually all tissue types; they can multiply almost indefinitely to be used for treatment; they have proven successful in laboratory culture and in animal models; and they have the ability to find and repair damage. Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells do not cause tumors, and they do not have the problem of transplant rejection.

Meanwhile, Colleen Parro, director of the Republican National Coalition for Life, and other pro-life leaders are urging constituents to express their concern over passage of the bill to the governor's office.

World Net Daily
30 posted on 12/21/2003 12:49:33 PM PST by Coleus (God is Pro-Life & Straight & gave us an innate predisposition for protection and self preservation)
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New Jersey Right to Life

New Jersey Set to Affront Human Dignity; Statement by the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

January 2, 2004

Today is NOT a State Holiday.There is still time to call andfaxMcGreevey.Urge him to veto A2840/S1909. Phone (609) 292-6000. Fax (609) 292-3454. Please see thePress Release issued today by the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity below.

From: Marie Tasy, Public & Legislative Affairs Director, New Jersey Right to Life, 113 North Avenue West, Cranford, NJ 07016

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The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

Go To Home Page

PRESS RELEASE

Release Date: January 2, 2004

New Jersey Set to Affront Human Dignity
New Law Will Legalize Embryo Research, Cloning, and Fetal Harvesting

The New Jersey Legislature has passed a bill that, if signed by the Governor, would make the state one where some of the most terrible crimes against humanity can be legally perpetuated.

Promoters of the bill have argued that the legislation bans cloning and promotes embryonic stem cell research. However, bill S1909/A2840 will not only explicitly allow embryonic stem cell research, it will also allow somatic cell nuclear transfer (cloning) and the development of unborn clones up until birth. It only explicitly prohibits cloning "an individual" which the bill defines as, "the replication of a human individual by cultivating a cell with genetic material [the SCNT cloning process] through the egg, embryo, fetal and newborn stages into a new human individual."

Legal analysis of the bill by Prof. Gerard Bradley at Notre Dame Law School currently available on the

http://www.cloninginformation.org/ web site has noted that any woman found carrying a cloned fetus would be required by law to abort her fetus, even if she decided not to do so. Since forced abortions are not likely, the birth of human clones is almost certain to result from this legislation. Prof. Bradley also points out that the bill, in effect, allows the creation of a market in embryonic and fetal body parts by allowing "reasonable payment" for services or purchases related to cloning and harvesting.

John F. Kilner, Ph.D., President of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, says regarding the bill, "It is disturbing enough that this law--intentionally or unintentionally--will result in the birth of cloned human beings and the creation of fetal human beings explicitly in order to mine them for body parts. But it also weakens the legal protection of newborn infants by amazingly excluding them from the definition of a 'human being': human beings are not those who have developed through the embryonic and fetal 'stages', but only those who have developed through the newborn 'stage' as well."

Daniel McConchie, Director of Public Relations and Public Policy with The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity said, "This bill is the most explicit and extreme legalization of embryo research, cloning, and fetal organ farming in the world. If Governor McGreevey signs this bill, it will provide clear-cut protections for egregious human rights violations: the exploitation of even late-term fetuses as natural resources."

For more information about this bill, visit Americans to Ban Cloning http://www.cloninginformation.org/ or New Jersey State Legislature http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ and search for bill S1909 or A2840.

Diocese Of Metuchen
Office of the Bishop

STEM CELL RESEARCH BILL POSES DIRE CONSEQUENCES
By The Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop of Metuchen

When we hear about individuals selling their organs on the internet, babies being sold on the black market or scientists trying to clone human beings, we are appalled and call for an end to these inhumane actions. Yet here in New Jersey, we are heading straight towards all these horrific consequences if Gov. McGreevey signs the stem cell research bill (A2840, S1909) into law.

Passed by the Assembly this month, the stem cell bill allows for research with embryonic and adult stem cells, as well as cells from somatic nuclear transplantation.

The use of adult stem cells is morally acceptable, and is proving to be very successful. The same is not true for embryonic stem cells, which can only be derived by killing a living human embryo. Equally abhorrent, this bill would also allow for the cloning of human life using somatic nuclear transplantation. The bottom line is that this bill desecrates the sanctity of human life and is morally wrong.

How could our legislators have passed this bill? How could most individuals be unaware of its dire consequences? I believe it is because the bill, as written, is so complex it is easily misunderstood and misinterpreted. This is also an emotional issue which is easily oversimplified.

Studies have shown that embryonic stem cells have not helped a single human patient or demonstrated any therapeutic benefit. Adult stem cells, on the other hand, have produced many positive results, and they do not involve creating and destroying a human life.

The cloning aspect of the stem cell bill is equally disturbing and should outrage every human being.

Many people support the stem cell bill because they see it is the way to find a cure for spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, and other devastating injuries and illnesses. They have been led to believe that only embryonic stem cells can provide these cures, and that is just not true.

According to the bill “somatic cell nuclear transplantation, shall…be permitted in this State.” I doubt that most people know what that means and that’s the problem. It is my understanding that those words equate to the scientific cloning procedure that was used to create “Dolly” the sheep. More bluntly, somatic cell nuclear transplantation means a human life is created. This human being can be implanted into a woman where it is grown, then harvested for its stem cells. Can you imagine! Life will be a commodity and our humanity will be changed forever.

I can only hope that our legislators did not understand or were misinformed about the ramifications of the stem cell bill that they passed. I pray that Gov. McGreevey will not make the same mistake. Life is too fragile, too vulnerable, and too sacred to be destroyed by the stroke of a pen. It is not too late for our Governor to withhold his signature from the bill. The future of life as we know it is in his hands.The St. John Neumann Pastoral Center • P.O. Box 191 • Metuchen, New Jersey 08840-0191 • (732) 562-1990

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From Fr. Peter West, www.priestsforlife.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Father Peter West
Date:December 30, 2003

Priests For Life Statement Urging Governor James McGreevey to

Veto A2840/S1909

NEW JERSEY STEM CELL/CLONING BILL:

AN ALL OUT ASSAULT ON HUMANITY

Dateline NY-- The New Jersey bill (A2840/S1909) passed by the Assembly on Monday, December 15 is unprecedented. This bill could have national or even international implications. A2840/S1909 expressly authorizes the creation of human embryos through "somatic cell nuclear transplantation which the President's Council on Bioethics unanimously agrees is the creation of a new human being by cloning. In addition, the bill authorizes the commercial traffic in the body parts of human beings "cultivated" up to the moment of birth.

Because cloning is defined in the proposed bill as "cultivating" the cell "through the egg, embryo, fetal and newborn stages into a new individual human individual," the prohibited conduct is drawn at the newborn stages, which this bill says is when a new individual human comes into existence. In other words, the only cloned humans outlawed by the bill are those in the "newborn stages" and the term "newborn stages" is not defined in the bill.

This bill is an abomination to humanity. Any elected Catholic official who has voted for this bill or is complicit in any way in aiding its passage has engaged in scandalous behavior which is "defined in the Catechism as establish[ing] laws or social structures leading to the decline of morals and the corruption of religious practice (Catechism para. 2284, et. seq.)" They have violated the moral order in a most grievous and public way.

The Holy Father has repeatedly said that stem cells for purposes of experimentation or treatment should never come from human embryos. Any treatment which claims to save human lives, yet is based upon the destruction of human life in its embryonic, fetal or newborn stage is logically and morally contradictory, as is any production of human embryos for the direct or indirect purpose of experimentation or eventual destruction.

We urge Governor McGreevey, a Catholic, to follow the teachings of his faith and veto this horrific bill. We implore Governor McGreevey to instead make ethical research using adult stem cell research one of the priorities of his administration.

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Family Research Council
801 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2003
CONTACT: Bill Murray, (202) 393-2100
FOR RADIO: JP Duffy

NEW JERSEY POISED TO BECOME THE NATION'S
CLONE-TO-KILL CAPITOL

Gov. Jim McGreevey (D-NJ) is prepared to sign monumental pro-cloning legislation shortly after the New Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. * New Jersey's embattled and notoriously unpopular Governor, Jim McGreevey (D), has signaled that he will sign into law the nation's most sweeping pro-cloning legislation to date.

"If ever there was a piece of legislation which tramples the sanctity of life, it is the one Gov. McGreevey is poised to sign," said Connie Mackey, Family Research Council's Vice President for Government Affairs. "The new law would authorize New Jersey's large biotech industry to actually clone a human embryo, implant that embryo into a woman's womb, develop the embryo to the fetal stage and then kill it for 'research purposes.'

"Allowing human babies to be clon ed, implanted, and then killed for their parts combines the horrors of partial-birth abortion with the Frankenstein-like practices of human cloning that 90 percent of Americans oppose. This single piece of legislation will let the entire world know that New Jersey is the number one most hostile place for human life in recent memory.

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Paterson Pastors' Workshop Opposes Passage of Stem Cell Research Bill

The Paterson Pastors' Workshop, an inter-denominational group of
Christian clergy leaders representing 50 local congregations in Passaic County, have contacted Governor McGreevey's office expressing their urgent concern over his pending decision to sign the Stem Cell Research legislation into law this weekend.

In January 2003, the Paterson Pastors' Workshop purchased a quarter page statewide advertisement in the Star Ledger urging local citizens to contact their assembly represenatives in opposition to this bill. Thegroup feels strongly that harvesting human embryos for the purpose of scientific research, otherwise known as reproductive cloning, is an offense to God and violates human life. They have expressed, " it will be the poor, disenfranchised, minority women of our state who will be exploited and potentially harmed the most with this practice."

The group may be reached at 973-279-4118 for comment.

31 posted on 01/02/2004 9:29:47 PM PST by Coleus (Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Keep Christ in CHRISTmas and the X's out of it.)
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Stem cell debate continues as McGreevey prepares to sign bill allowing research
(1/3/04) EDISON - The debate over embryonic stem cell research will be forced into the statewide spotlight on Sunday when New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey is expected to sign a bill allowing it in New Jersey. While the biotech industry is applauding the measure, the governor's action is causing a backlash in the pro-life communities. The debate has essentially polarized religion against science.

Discussion about stem cell research received statewide attention when famed actor Christopher Reeve testified before a state Senate committee in 2002. He urged state legislators to pass a pioneering bill for stem cell research before scientists moved development to other states.

On Sunday, that bill is expected to become reality. Governor McGreevey is expected to sign the bill into law in front of the Kessler Rehabilitation Institute in West Orange. Pro-life groups plan to protest in upcoming weeks.

Some right-to-life supporters say stem cell research encourages human cloning, similar to the scientific breakthrough Dolly the sheep. The possibility of cloning in stem cell research is also raising concerns of members in the religious community. Basing their argument on an issue of morality, they believe more advancements should be made in adult stem cell research. They say experimentation on embryos is simply inhuman.

But proponents for stem cell research do not follow the same ideology. They argue "If anything is immoral it is to deny scientists access to unwanted embryos that are available at infertility clinics."

Share your views

http://www.news12.com/NJ/topstories/article?id=97967


32 posted on 01/05/2004 11:05:31 AM PST by Coleus (Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Keep Christ in CHRISTmas and the X's out of it.)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

McGreevey Signs Clone and Kill Bill

New  Jersey Right to Life
113 North Avenue West
Cranford, NJ  07016

For Immediate Release
Contact Marie Tasy, Public & Legislative Affairs Director
(732) 846-2000

McGREEVEY SIGNS CLONE AND KILL BILL
NJ BECOMES FIRST JURISDICTION TO LEGALIZE HUMAN
CLONING

GOV AND DEM LEADERS FULFILL COMMITMENT TO BIOTECH; SELL OUT HUMANITY 

January 4, 2004—New Jersey Right to Life, the state’s largest pro-life organization, with over 125,000 household members, has issued the following statement in response to the news that Governor McGreevey has signed A2840/S1909.


“The bill signed by Governor McGreevey today is a sinister, unprecedented, egregious affront to humanity,” said Marie Tasy, Public & Legislative Affairs for New Jersey Right to Life.  “This is truly a dark day for New Jersey,” she added.   Commenting on McGreevey’statement that he wants to make New Jersey the nation’s leader for medical research,” Ms Tasy said,  “It is extremely perverse and objectionable that his goal of making ‘New Jersey the nation’s leader for medical research’ includes the unethical  practice of human cloning and the harvesting and use of body parts of cloned humans in the embryonic and fetal stages of development which is authorized under this law.”  Tasy said the Governor ignored experts’ warnings about the morally disastrous consequences of the bill as well as the mounting opposition from the public urging him to veto A2840/S1909. 

Recalling the December 15 vote by the Assembly, Tasy said, “Democratic leaders made threats, twisted arms, and traded favors to get the razor-thin majority of 41 votes required for passage.”  She said that lawmakers and McGreevey deliberately tried to push it through before the Holidays because they believed the public would not be paying close attention to action occurring in Trenton. “The covert and strong-arm tactics employed by these lawmakers throughout the entire legislative process was reprehensible and truly an example of politics at its worst.” 

“Proponents continue to shamefully mislead individuals suffering with illness and disease by making false and unsubstantiated claims about human embryonic stem cells,” said Tasy.    “Unlike adult stem cells which are curing people, embryonic stem cells have never been used successfully in clinical trials in humans and carry significant risks, including immune rejection and tumor formation.”  Ms. Tasy said this fact was readily admitted by scientists who testified before the NJ Legislature in favor of these bills.

Tasy said, “This bill does not just limit destructive research to the human embryonic stage as Biotech Spokesman Christopher Reeve claims, but allows it all the way up through the fetal and newborn stages.   In signing this bill, the Governor and Democratic lawmakers have truly opened up a whole conundrum of legal problems which the sponsors refused to address.  The law will result in the creation of a foul climate where ghoulish human experimentation and organ harvesting will be performed and human embryo and fetal farms will flourish throughout our state.  The bill will allow Biotechnology companies to raise cloned babies to harvest stem cells or even body parts, and, allows ‘reasonable payment’ for embryonic or cadaveric fetal tissue production, implantation, transplantation and preservation costs.  Because the prohibited conduct of cloning a human being draws the line only at the newborn stage, abortions up to the day of delivery would be authorized under this legislation,” noted Tasy.

In a January, 27, 2003 letter to Governor McGreevey concerning S1909/A2840, four members of the President’s Council on Bioethics asked,  “What if a gestating woman has second thoughts and decides not to abort the developing fetus?  Would a court be asked to enforce a contract for abortion?”  According to Gerard Bradley, Professor of Law at Notre Dame University and 7 other law professors who analyzed the bill, “To avoid the crime of ‘cloning,’ a putative defendant would have to kill the child in the first weeks (or months) after birth.  But this would be murder.  Since no one may be convicted for conduct avoidable only by committing murder, the crime of ‘cloning’ is therefore non-existent.  By authorizing genetic replication in the first place, and by thus defining the crime of ‘cloning,’ these bills effectively authorize the creation of new people through cloning.”

http://www.njrtl.org/njgovletter.php
http://www.njrtl.org/ndlaw.php

“This law will allow human lives to be treated as a commodity, creating classes of lesser humans to be created and sacrificed for the good of humanity,” Tasy said.   “The unethical practices authorized under this law constitutes the ultimate desecration of human life.  The only notoriety McGreevey will gain is that he will forever be known as the unpopular Governor who signed an immoral decree in January, 2004, which opened the floodgates to unspeakable human rights violations and grisly human experimentation to satisfy the insatiable quest of Big Biotech,” said Tasy.


33 posted on 01/05/2004 11:16:57 AM PST by Coleus (Merry Christmas, Jesus is the Reason for the Season, Keep Christ in CHRISTmas and the X's out of it.)
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To: Coleus
It is already legal in California too, and NY and Illinois have bills pending. We need federal anti-cloning legislation pronto! Christopher Reeve should thank God he's alive instead of spitting in his face.
34 posted on 01/05/2004 2:57:59 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Coleus
Fraguela was never a real Republican, anyway, as I'm sure you know. He was a 'RAT from Hudson County who got beat in the primary and switched out of spite for his last session.
35 posted on 01/05/2004 3:02:08 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Blue Jays
Blue Jays,

I understand where you're coming from on this. It's a tough decision but I stand with First Lady Nancy Reagan and Senator Orrin Hatch on this issue because of the possibility to ease so much suffering. I respect my FReeper colleagues who disagree with us.
36 posted on 01/05/2004 3:03:52 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: HostileTerritory
New Jersey, 'First in Cannibalism' ... great state motto don'tcha know.
37 posted on 01/05/2004 3:41:54 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: HostileTerritory
Good Evening All-

"...I understand where you're coming from on this. It's a tough decision but I stand with Nancy Reagan and Orrin Hatch on this issue because of the possibility to ease so much suffering. I respect my FReeper colleagues who disagree with us..."

HostileTerritory, that's what makes FreeRepublic one of the most civilized boards on the Internet today. I'm certainly a hardcore Republican in every sense of the word, but my love for family and their health supercedes party ideology. I do recognize where others are coming from when promoting their viewpoint, and I consider them my friends.

Thanks for your kind words. :-)

~ Blue Jays ~

38 posted on 01/05/2004 7:52:15 PM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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New Jersey Right to Life
Urgent - Immediate Action Needed to Oppose NJ Assembly Bill (A437)

Urgent - Oppose NJ Assembly Bill ( A437)

Take Action!

A437 Scheduled for an Assembly Vote on February 5, 2004 - Urge "No" Vote
 
February 3, 2004

Urgent – Immediate Action Needed on Bill A437 scheduled for a vote on Thursday, February 5, 2004

Legislative Bill, A437, has been scheduled for a vote in the Assembly on Thursday, February 5, 2004. In short, this bill paves the way, and shows preferential treatment to, the NJ Biotech Industry so they can perform the ghastly human cloning experiments authorized under the Clone and Kill bill signed into law by Governor McGreevey on January 4, 2004. This bill is a trial balloon, of sorts, and a precursor to future legislative attempts to publicly fund this horrific research with your tax dollars. It should be opposed.

The bill would authorize the creation of a Biotechnology Permit Acceleration Task Force within the Department of Environmental Protection which would be undertaken in consultation with the NJ Commission on Science and Technology and the NJ Commerce and Economic Growth Com mission responsible for the development of rules and regulations designed to shorten the time period for persons involved in biotechnology related activities to obtain permits from the department, for the coordination of the review and approval of permits for biotechnology activities in various divisions with the department and for the development of policies to decrease the application and review costs imposed by the department on persons who apply for permits for biotechnology related activities.

Action needed:
Immediately call and email your two Assembly members. Urge them to oppose A437. You can email your legislators through this page. If you do not know who your two Assembly members are, call the Office of Legislative Services at 1-800-792-8630. Thank you.

39 posted on 02/13/2004 6:54:58 PM PST by Coleus (Vote for Bush and Traditional Marriage; http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4205947/)
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February 8, 2004
 
Dear Pro-Life Friends:
 
On February 5, 2004, the Assembly approved A-437, a bill to fast track and give preferential treatment to the Biotech Industry so they can advance the immoral research authorized under the Clone and Kill bill signed by McGreevey on January 4, 2004.  Please go to our website, www.njrtl.org and click on "Legislative Action Center" to see the vote tally on A-437.  Please note how your two Assembly members voted.  Special thank you's go to the following Assembly members who spoke out on the floor against the bill: 
Assemblyman Joe Pennachio (R-26),
Assemblyman Guy Gregg (R-26),
Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-25),
Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-24). 
Assemblyman Guy Gregg (R-24) offered an amendment to send the bill back to committee for an amendment, but it was tabled.
 
Marie Tasy
Public & Legislative Director

40 posted on 02/13/2004 6:57:58 PM PST by Coleus (Vote for Bush and Traditional Marriage; http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4205947/)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
 New Jersey Right to Life
113 North Avenue West
Cranford, NJ  07016
 

PRESS RELEASE
Contact:  Marie Tasy
Public & Legislative Affairs Director
(732) 846-2000

NJRTL RESPONDS TO MCGREEVEY’S DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO GET MEDIA ATTENTION IN WAKE OF SOUTH KOREA CLONING ANNOUNCEMENT

PRESS RELEASE BELIES EARLIER CLAIMS THAT NJ BILL A2840/S1909 DID NOT INCLUDE HUMAN CLONING

The Press Release sent out by pro-cloning NJ Governor Jim McGreevey today asking his HHS Commissioner for help to promote embryonic cloning research within New Jersey’s borders is a brazen admission that the bill McGreevey signed into law on January 4, 2004 (A2840/S1909) DOES indeed allow human cloning and demonstrates his mad zeal to draw media attention and cloning zealots to New Jersey.  According to the bill and as stated in the Governor’s  Press Release, the law permits research involving the derivation and use of human embryos from any source, including somatic cell nuclear transplantation. This is the same procedure used to clone Dolly the Sheep and the same procedure used by South Korean scientists which made international headlines yesterday reporting they had created human embryos through cloning.

The South  Korean experiment used 242 eggs, obtained by superovulating 16 female volunteers (that's 15 eggs per woman on the average).  The donor cell and the egg were obtained from the same woman each time so the clones were of the women who had donated the eggs. 213 embryos divided to the 2-cell stage; 30 reached blastocyst stage; only 20 inner cell masses were successfully obtained by killing the embryos; only one embryo stem cell line was successfully established.

There is no reason to exploit women and create human life to destroy it when adult and cord blood stem cells are accessible and are being successfully used to treat human patients.  These stem cells are already being used to treat cancers, autoimmune diseases, anemias, immunodeficiencies, bone/cartilage deformities, corneal scarring, Parkinson's, and stroke, and to repair cardiac tissue after heart attack, grow new blood vessels, and grow skin.

The truth has finally come out.  Throughout the legislative debate, Governor McGreevey and Democratic leaders repeatedly insisted the law did not authorize human cloning.  They owe the people of New Jersey an apology for boldly denying the plain truth that NJRTL and legal and bioethics experts publicly warned about.

Click here to read McGreevey's Press Release


Click here to send an email to Governor McGreevey

41 posted on 02/13/2004 7:08:06 PM PST by Coleus (Vote for Bush and Traditional Marriage; http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4205947/)
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To: Coleus; Maeve; narses; tiki; Litany; Romulus; eastsider; ELS; frogandtoad; ventana; fatima; ...
BUMP!
42 posted on 02/13/2004 7:16:54 PM PST by Siobhan (+Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet+)
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To: Coleus
Thanks for the ping!
43 posted on 02/13/2004 9:35:12 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Blue Jays
**except for this chapter of my life's book.**

Then you approve of killing an embryo -- a fertilized egg that is a baby?

I can't believe what I am reading.

No way are you a hard core conservative. Get yourself to your Bible and read the Ten Commandments!
44 posted on 02/13/2004 11:01:57 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: HostileTerritory
I disagree with you too! Are you a Christian in Name Only?
45 posted on 02/13/2004 11:04:33 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Siobhan
Hi, Siobhan, Good to see you.

How are all of you doing in your new surroundings?
46 posted on 02/13/2004 11:05:18 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
No.
47 posted on 02/14/2004 5:44:26 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Salvation
We've had to be nomads bouncing between New Zealand and Australia but we are at home in Australia but in an Archdiocese that needs a personal visitation from St. Michael the Archangel, if you know what I mean.

It is good to see you too, Salvation. You are keeping the faith alive here. As Da would say, Stars in your crown!

48 posted on 02/14/2004 7:37:12 PM PST by Siobhan (+Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet+)
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More Information here: posts 1 & 2

The Radical Depth and Scope of the Cloning Agenda 
January, 2004 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.


49 posted on 02/17/2004 7:11:42 PM PST by Coleus (Vote for Bush and Traditional Marriage; http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4205947/)
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To: Coleus
Cloning for stem cells always starts with bringing a new individual human organism to life ... the toughest thing to get across to folks is the huge difference in organ (as in a stem cell in an embryonic individual) and the whole ORGANISM (as in the human individual at embryo AGE). Cloning for stem cells ALWAYS starts with conceiving a human organism ... for cannibalizing to harvest the body parts at their stem cell age.

As per the usual, there is much more for background information at this linked page. (Forgive the intrusion, Coleus; Smith is a powerful writer for LIFE.)

50 posted on 02/17/2004 9:22:50 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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