|New Jersey Right to Life|
|Act Now! Governor McGreevey to sign Clone and Kill Bill on Sunday, December 21, 2003|
December 17, 2003
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!
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
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 Jerseys 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 McGreeveys 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 womans 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 womans womb. Once this happens, nothing can stop the worlds 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, Parkinsons, 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.