Skip to comments.Renewed push for NJ Clone & Kill Bill, A2840/S1909. Immediate Action Needed!!!
Posted on 10/12/2003 7:47:10 PM PDT by Coleus
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NJRTL RESPONDS TO MCGREEVEYS 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 Jerseys 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 Governors 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
It is good to see you too, Salvation. You are keeping the faith alive here. As Da would say, Stars in your crown!
More Information here: posts 1 & 2
The Radical Depth and Scope of the Cloning Agenda
January, 2004 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
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.)
New Jersey Right to Life
|Immediate Action needed! McGreevey inserts funding for cloning research into budget|
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Jersey would become first state to finance research
Sunday, February 22, 2004
BY ROBERT SCHWANEBERG AND KASI ADDISON
In a bid to make New Jersey a center for medical breakthroughs, Gov. James E. McGreevey will propose spending $6.5 million for the creation of a stem-cell research institute when he unveils his budget Tuesday.
If the proposal survives legislative review, it will make New Jersey the first state to use taxpayer money for a line of research that is both highly promising and intensely controversial.
The New Brunswick-based institute, to be managed jointly by Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, would be financed at the outset with a $6.5 million state grant and $3.5 million in private money, a McGreevey administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said yesterday.
The plan is projected to cost $ 50 million in both public and private funds over five years, with half of that money earmarked for construction costs. The remainder would pay for research and the recruitment of top scientists.
"This will demonstrate that New Jersey is open and welcome for both researchers and companies to work in groundbreaking medical treatment," the administration official said.
Earlier this year, McGreevey signed legislation making New Jersey the second state, after California, to officially encourage embryonic stem-cell research. But the measure came under sharp debate, passing the Assembly by a single vote.
Moreover, it was directly at odds with the position taken by many other states and by the Bush administration, which has severely restricted federal funding for such research.
Yet the potential of stem-cell research is so great, advocates say, that it should not be suppressed.
"The idea that we can replace dead, dying and deranged cells means we are on the threshold of a whole new approach to regenerative and rehabilitative medicine, and it affects a multitude of diseases," said Ira Black, the co-author of the proposal to create the institute.
Black, director of the stem-cell research center UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, said the New Jersey research center would represent "a dawning of a new day in medicine."
The research, which involves the removal of stem cells from human embryos, holds the key to developing cures for Parkinson's disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, spinal cord injuries and a host of other maladies, Black and other researchers say.
But because the research can involve destroying a human embryo -- and in some cases, a cloned human embryo -- it has been denounced as unethical by the state's Catholic bishops and by anti-abortion groups.
President Bush's regulation limits federal funding to research on only those stem cells that already had been extracted from embryos before the measure was enacted in August 2001. The regulation still permits federal funding of adult stem-cell research.
Opponents of the governor's plan, first reported in the New York Times, point to a recent announcement by South Korean researchers that they have successfully created a cloned human embryo before destroying it and harvesting its stem cells.
Marie Tasy, director for New Jersey Right to Life, vowed to "work very hard to get the funding for embryonic stem-cell research removed from the state budget."
"Most people find it morally objectionable to have their tax dollars used to create human life for the sole purpose of destruction," Tasy said. "I would hope the people in New Jersey would oppose this."
Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union), who led the fight for the stem-cell research bill in the lower house, yesterday hailed McGreevey's commitment of state funding as "visionary."
"It will send a message around the world that New Jersey is committed to stem-cell research," Cohen said.
He dismissed claims that the bill would allow researchers to clone a human embryo, implant it into a woman, and abort it to harvest its organs shortly before birth, saying anyone who implanted a cloned embryo would face criminal prosecution.
The New Jersey stem-cell research law officially encourages the same technique the Korean researchers used, which is sometimes called "therapeutic cloning." However, it makes it a crime to create a human baby using cloning. In between the creation of a cloned embryo and the birth of a living human clone, the law leaves a huge gray area.
Sensitive to the controversy likely to be ignited by the governor's proposal, researchers affiliated with the project stressed yesterday they have no interest in cloning people.
"We want to make it crystal clear that no one wants to create new human beings," Black said.
The aim, insisted Kenneth Breslauer, dean of Rutgers' Life Sciences Department and a colleague of Black on the project, is simply to better treat ailments that kill or maim millions of people.
"We are talking about basic research for a serious biomedical advantage," Breslauer said. "We are talking about curing diseases."
Black said that if people had a greater understanding of the research's potential, support for it would be far more widespread.
And he cautioned that failure to pursue stem-cell research could drive breakthroughs -- and some of the best scientists -- to other countries.
"If the U.S. doesn't assume this role, the scientific advancements will go elsewhere, and so will the talent," Black said. "Doing nothing is devastating to this country's interests."Staff writers Mark Mueller and Joe Donohue contributed to this report.
|Immediate Action Needed - Call Your NJ Senators on A-437, Bioetech Permit Acceleration Process|
A bank roll for stem-cell research
$3B endowment is envisioned to fund newest front on war on disease
Saturday, March 13, 2004BY ROBERT SCHWANEBERG
A state lawmaker announced plans yesterday for a nonprofit foundation with an ambitious goal: raising $3 billion to make New Jersey the epicenter of stem-cell research in the United States, in hopes of speeding the development of cures for various diseases.
Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union), who announced the plans yesterday in a conference call with reporters, said he has already gotten "a tremendous response" from financial institutions, universities, medical researchers and the state's pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. They will discuss it further at a "stem-cell summit" to be held this spring, he said.
Last December, Cohen won a hard-fought battle in the Assembly for passage of a law making New Jersey the second state, after California, to officially encourage stem-cell research, including experiments using stem cells harvested from embryos.
The Catholic Church and New Jersey Right to Life have denounced embryonic stem-cell research on the grounds that it destroys a human life. President Bush has sharply limited embryonic stem-cell research using federal funds.
Cohen said the new law paved the way for New Jersey to become a leader in stem-cell research, and what is needed now is a way to pool money and brainpower. He said the stem-cell research endowment fund would do both.
Gary Friedman, a transplant surgeon assisting Cohen in the endeavor, said, "It's almost like the Manhattan Project," referring to the collaborative research effort that developed the atomic bomb for the United States.
"You want to put together the most resources with the best research minds," said Friedman, who also heads the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Told later of Cohen's proposal, Ira Black, director of the stem-cell research center at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, called it "inspired."
"Stem-cell research has the potential to change the face of medicine in the 21st century," Black said. "It is not simply a new treatment for one or even a group of diseases. It is an entirely new approach to medicine and illness. We hope it will be possible to replace dying and dysfunctional cells in a variety of diseases." He said they could include Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, spinal-cord injuries "and one could go on."
Friedman added that stem-cell research has been "exploding" since 1998, but an enormous collaborative effort will be needed to convert that research into cures.
Marie Tasy, director of public and legislative affairs for New Jersey Right to Life, said research using "adult" stem cells from umbilical cord blood, bone marrow and numerous other sources is both promising and ethically sound. But she said embryonic stem cell research is immoral because it either destroys a human embryo or creates one -- in some cases through cloning -- for the purpose of harvesting its stem cells.
"That is a path we should not go down," Tasy said, adding that embryonic stem-cell research is unproven and raises "false hope" in patients and their families.
Cohen said the endowment fund has yet to raise any money and would need about $250 million to get started. But the ultimate goal, he said, is to meet or exceed the $3 billion that Californians have proposed raising for stem-cell research in that state through a bond issue. In Massachusetts, Harvard University has announced plans for a multimillion-dollar stem-cell research center to be established with private funding.
Gov. James E. McGreevey has proposed spending $6.5 million of state money for a stem-cell research institute to be jointly managed by Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Cohen said he hopes to raise far more for the stem-cell research endowment fund from financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies and private foundations. By taking only private funds, he said, the endowment would remain free to fund all types of stem-cell research, including the controversial embryonic variety.
MAJORITY OF NJ RESIDENTS OPPOSE GOVERNORS PROPOSAL TO USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO FUND STEM CELL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
FUNDING SHOULD BE STRIPPED FROM BUDGET
March 18, 2004--
A recent Quinnipiac University Poll conducted between February 29 and March 7, 2004 found that a majority of New Jersey voters disagree with Governor James McGreevey's $50 million proposal to fund a New Jersey institute for human stem cell research.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,210 New Jersey registered voters, and found that 48 percent of those surveyed disagreed with the Governor's plan, while only 42 percent agreed with the idea.
Governor McGreevey proposed spending $6.5 million of state money for a stem-cell research institute in the FY 2004 budget, which would be a collaborative effort run by Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Marie Tasy, director of public and legislative affairs for New Jersey Right to Life, said this result shows McGreevey is on the wrong track. The people of NJ clearly want us to focus our efforts and resources on research using adult stem cells from umbilical cord blood, bone marrow and other sources which has proven to be successful and is ethically sound. The Governors proposal, however, includes taxpayer money to perform embryonic stem cell research which relies on the destruction of existing human embryos as well as the creation of new human beings through the embryo, fetal and newborn stages.
Tasy said the embryonic stem cell research can open up "a new exploitation of women," noting that South Korean scientists super-ovulated 16 women to obtain 242 eggs, which resulted in only one stem cell line.
Somatic nuclear transplantation (SCNT) is expressly authorized under the law McGreevey signed in early January. SCNT is the technique used to create human embryos as well as create human clones and is the same method used to clone Dolly the sheep.
Tasy pointed out that Dolly was the result after 300 failed attempts, resulting in miscarriages and malformed offspring. Ultimately, the "successful" result, Dolly, aged too rapidly and had to be euthanized.
"While this may or may not be acceptable for animals, it certainly should not be acceptable for human children, said Tasy. "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."
The law McGreevey signed in January is the most radical ever. Under the laws language, human cloning for experimentation, as well as the allowance of "reasonable payment'' for embryonic or cadaveric fetal tissue production, implantation, transplantation and preservation costs, is now legal up until newborn stages.
"Sponsors of the bill, the Biotech Industry and the Governor, engaged in a highly deceptive misinformation campaign claiming that the research on human embryos would be limited to those already existing from left over fertility treatments and boldly denied they would attempt to publicly fund it," said Tasy. They have deliberately misled the taxpayers of NJ and the evidence shows increasing opposition to this misguided proposal and the heavy-handed tactics employed by Governor McGreevey and his agents. Tasy called for the funding to be stripped from the state budget. Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for this highly objectionable research that authorizes the creation and destruction of human life through the newborn stages.
|McGreevey Signs Agreement to Fund Stem Cell Institute Before Legislature Approves Expenditure|
|May 13, 2004
Dear Pro-Life Friends:
Yesterday, Governor McGreevey hosted a stem cell forum to sign an agreement to fund a Stem Cell Institute to be jointly run by UMDNJ and Rutgers University. A Demonstration was held outside the forum to protest the use of tax money for clone and kill "research."
Despite protestations to the contrary, the NJ law McGreevey signed DOES indeed authorize human cloning and fetal farming through the newborn stage. Please click on the links provided below to read our Press Release and the article by Peggy Noonan which appeared in today's Wall Street Journal.
Please continue to contact your State Senator and two Assembly Members who represent you in Trenton and tell them you don't want your tax dollars used for this purpose. The Legislature has not yet voted on the state budget. This vote usually occurs on the last legislative session day, which the current legislative calendar indicates will be Thursday, June 24. If you don't know who your state legislators are, you can go to NJRTL's Legislative Action Center on our website or call the Office of Legislative Services at 1-800-792-8630.
Please check our website to read what experts have to say about the NJ cloning law (A2840/S1909) and for the latest legislative updates and pro-life news.
NJRTL website: http://www.njrtl.org/
Marie Tasy, Public & Legislative Affairs Director, New Jersey Right to Life, NJRTL Press Release: http://www.politicsnj.com/njrtl051304.htm
Article by Peggy Noonan: http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/?id=110005069
|Time To Act Now on Budget: No Funding for Clone and Kill Research|
|Urgent Alert- Last Chance to Oppose Funding of Human Cloning Research Institute in Budget. Legislature to Vote on Budget on Thursday, June 24!|
June 22, 2004
Dear Pro-Life Friends:
Below is a column by Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan which disputes the claim that Ronald Reagan was in favor of human embryonic stem cell research.
Both Houses of the Legislature are scheduled to vote on the State Budget on Thursday, June 24. Please continue to email, fax and call your 3 state legislators to urge them to vote "NO" on McGreevey's proposal to use $6.5 million of taxpayer money to fund clone and kill human embryonic stem cell research which has been inserted in the budget.
Urge them to instead allocate this funding exclusively for adult stem cell research ONLY. Please visit our Legislative Action Center for more information or to send an email directly to your legislators. Please contact your legislators even if you have contacted them previously about this issue.
http://www.njrtl.org/Legislation.php NJ Residents Take Action Here
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Please go to the following links on our website to read additional articles on the subject of Stem Cell Research.
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