Skip to comments.Stem Cell Bill Takes Center Stage Today
Posted on 03/06/2006 6:06:46 AM PST by Calpernia
Former Governor and current State Senate President Dick Codey sponsors the legislation. He says, "We would be the first in the country to build a building dedicated solely to stem cell research." He adds, "We would be using existing tobacco bond monies so, we're not spending new money."
$150 million dollars would be needed leading many critics to ask, "What else could that money be used for?" Codey says, "This is about saving lives in the future." He asks, "If the cure for diabetes or something else came out of this New Jersey facility, wouldn't that be a great legacy it would be sweet, no pun intended." Diabetics will understand that one.
"When I authorized stem cell research in the state of New Jersey," says, Codey, "my bill expressly prohibited cloning in the state of New Jersey." He adds, "This stem cell research and embryonic stem cell research has nothing to do with aborting babies in any way, shape or form."
Senate Budget Committee considers latest stem-cell research plan
Bolstered by support from the state Assembly's new leader, Senate President Richard J. Codey is moving forward with his latest effort to create a stem cell research facility.
The state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday is to consider Codey's bill, which would create a facility in New Brunswick at a cost of $150 million and a $50 million research center in Camden.
Codey, D-Essex County, made stem-cell research one of his priorities while serving as governor in 2005, putting forward legislation that would have asked voters to approve $350 million in bonding for stem cell research and $145 million for research institutes in New Brunswick and Newark. The measures made it through the Senate but never made it past the Assembly.
If enacted, the bill would create the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey, which would be jointly operated by Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Codey spokeswoman Jennifer Sciortino said.
New Jersey Lawmaker Pushes Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding
On Monday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will consider Codey's package of spending $200 million for two new stem cell research centers in the state.
The money would build stem cell research centers at Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
The state's new governor, pro-abortion Democrat Jon Corzine, backs the embryonic stem cell research bill but pro-life groups oppose it because they don't want taxpayer funds to be used to pay for research that destroys human life. They favor adult stem cells, which have already produced dozens of treatments for various conditions.
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# An association, state, or company applies for the grants to fund these initiatives
# In turn they authorize a Freedom of Information Release to all their data. This is a sample of the data collected from a grant application. All the data requirements are the same, the only difference is the partnered agency that is acting as a liaison for relaying the data. Example, this one below is using the USDA as the partnered liaison. If this was a hospital application, it would say the CDC.
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This initiative was stimulated by President Clinton's commitment to eliminate disparities in health for racial and ethnic minority populations by 2010.
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AND THE HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010 INITIATIVE
Dr. Randy Wykoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, DHHS, presented an overview of Healthy People 2010, including the Leading Health Indicators, and possible ways to maximize this initiative. Healthy People 2010 is coordinated by the DHHS Office for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Dr. Wykoff noted that Healthy People 2010 is a comprehensive set of national 10-year objectives that are developed through a collaborative process involving both the public and private sectors. All the objectives are specific and measurable over time based on data. The document, published and distributed by the Federal Government, also is a statistical description of the health status of Americans, including racial and ethnic disparities; a textbook on current public health priorities; and an important part of the national strategic plan for improving health. Healthy People 2010 is the third iteration of an effort that began in 1979 with publication of the Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Ever larger and more complex, this iteration has two overarching goals, 28 focus areas, 467 objectives, and 10 leading health indicators.
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r. Hillary Brode, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)- New Jersey Dental School, Newark
Robert Wood Johnson has it's fingers in everything - doesn't it?
OH and for the record both Codey and Corzine are WRONG about the source of funding - it is not "all" taxpayers - it is only smokers who will be paying for this - and with absolutely no say whatsoever in how their money is being spent.
In my link to the Healthy People 2010, I have the terms and conditions plus CFR information posted. Somehow, someway, the monies extorted from the tobacco suits got routed to the NGO allocation. These monies have GRANTOR ownership clauses. So does this mean the NGO (tobacco) funded projects are entities of the UN/WHO? Does that make them sovereign to the USA?
I don't understand how these grantor terms work.
Neither do I.
What a "great" way to start a new week...back to back BP threads. ;*(
"If the cure for diabetes or something else came out of this New Jersey facility, wouldn't that be a great legacy
That's a big "IF". Like all research, the object ISN'T to find a CURE, it's to find a way to manage drugs to keep you forever under treatment, thus continuously filling the coffers of these "research" facilities. A CURE would put the research facility out of business.
I work for a company that makes medical devices for diabetics (Insulin pumps). My son is also a type I diabetic. He was diagnosed after I already worked at the medical company.
I would gladly lose my job if a cure for diabetes was found.
Your statement is very offensive to all that work in the health industry.
IMHO, when "people who happen to smoke" became "smokers," the dehumanization was complete.
We're just a something to be mined now, and so what?
After all, the "majority" isn't affected.
I don't understand what your reference to taxes mean in response to my question of Grantor monies.
These are NGO grants. They come with ownership clauses. My question was when an NGO grant is used, does that make the property it is used for an entity of the UN/WHO.
NJ will be giving WI a run for the money, then. WI kills plenty-o-fetuses daily at the University of WI while they fruitlessly search for something that embryonic stem cells will cure. Fortunately, we blew all of our Tobacco Money balancing our state budget for ONE year, under Governor Tommy Thompson.
Expect additional stem-cell money grabbing legislation to come out of Wisconsin (and other states) any day now. They're not going to give up their piece of the pie.
This site should depress the hell out of everyone. Good compilation of articles on how much money is to be made from The Culture of Death. They even give you the current stock wins and losses should you care to invest in this sector:
Diana and I are in contest to see which of our states are bluer :P ;)
So, Diana, you are in a similar position as my state.
Since our states have signed onto the NGO programs, are we entities of the UN? How do we find this out?
That is such a scary question.............
"Since our states have signed onto the NGO programs, are we entities of the UN? How do we find this out?"
Man, I hope not! What a bottomles spit of money-sucking scams. (I don't know how to figure that out, either...ask our CongressCritters? The Governor?)
I've not gotten responses on these questions from mine. Matter of fact; I've been given the direct impression that I shouldn't be asking.
But the CFRs and terms of grants do say Grantor monitored, grantor controlled, specifics on no spending or altering of properties without grantor consult, grantor audits....
What else could that mean?
Contact your State Senator and Two Assembly Members Immediately!
Take Action (here)
Bill S1471 was introduced by Senate President Richard Codey and Senator Barbara Buono on 2/27/06. The bill will authorize $150M from cigarette tax revenue bonds by the NJEDA to fund a Stem Cell Institute in New Brunswick, NJ affiliated with the embattled UMDNJ and another $50M for biomedical research facilities in Camden, NJ called the Systems Biology Institute. The Camden facilitiy would be part of the Rutgers-Camden campus and will be associated with the Coriell Institute for Medical Reserach and the Cancer Institute of NJ. According to various reports, the bill will be fast-tracked so immediate action is needed now! You can send a pre-written message to your State Senator and two Assembly members from this page by going to the "Take Action" box.
Please also call your State Senator and two Assembly members without delay and urge them to vote No on S1471. You can get their numbers by calling the Office of Legislative Services at 1-800-792-8630 or going to the NJ Legislature's webpage.
Under NJ law which established the framework for the type of research these facilities are authorized to perform, egregious human rights abuses in the name of medical research will be permitted which include the cloning and killing of human beings through the embryo, fetal, and newborn stages. The bill authorizes cloning through "somatic cell nuclear transplantation," the same process used to clone Dolly the Sheep. Although the bill purports to ban fetal trafficking, it allows "reasonable payment" for the "removal, processsing, disposal, preservation, quality control, storage, transplantation, or implantation of embryonic or cadaveric fetal tissue."
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Just kill me now.
Just finished up my income taxes, and I'm in a revolutionary mood.
The fact that 30% of everything I buy is tax is the filling, the exorbitant additional tax on my few vices is the frosting.
Far too many people refuse to acknowlege that piece of information.
Thanks for the ping!
March 22, 2006
Dear Pro-Life Friends:
The following is an update of NJ Stem Cell Funding Bills.
S1471/A2828 Senate bill authorizes $250M in bonds to build three Stem Cell Institutes; Assembly bill authorizes $200M for same.
On Monday, March 20, the NJ Senate amended S1471 a second time to add technical changes. The bill will most likely be scheduled for a vote in the next Senate Voting Session. The Senate and Assembly bills vary in amounts. The Senate bill, S1471, will borrow $250M in bonds from cigarette tax revenues to build three Stem Cell Institutes; one in New Brunswick, one in Camden and one in Newark. The Assembly bill, A2828, will borrow $200M in bonds from cigarette tax revenues to build the same three Institutes. The Assembly bill, A2828, was released from an Assembly Health Committee and is waiting a hearing before the Assembly Appropriations Committee. If it is released from the Assembly Appropriations Committee, it can be scheduled for a vote in the full Assembly.
NJRTL testified against both of these bills. We made it clear that we support adult stem cell research, but oppose cloning and embryonic and fetal stem cell research and asked the legislature to add language that would limit the funding and the research to adult stem cell research only. Not surprisingly, our request fell on deaf ears. Under previous legislation signed into law by Governor McGreevey in 2003 which established the type of stem cell research to be performed in NJ, researchers are authorized to perform clone and kill research on human embryos and fetuses through the newborn stages. Some lawmakers continue to claim NJ law bans human cloning, but the definition of human cloning used in this law says that the crime of cloning does not occur until the child created through cloning is past or through the newborn stages.
See the following references to cloning and NJ law:
Paul Mulshines May 26, 2005 Star Ledger Column on the NJ law
Letter to Governor McGreevey from Members of the Presidents Council on Bioethics concerning NJ law
Letter from Law Professors analyzing NJ law that authorizes cloning
http://www.thnt.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051206/COLUMNISTS/512060387/1004/OPINIONS1091/A1891 The Stem Cell Research Bond Act of 2006
If approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Corzine, this legislation will enable the legislature to place a question on this Novembers election asking NJ voters to approve borrowing $230M in bonds to fund stem cell research. These bills have not yet moved. The legislature and Governor have until the end of August to approve these bills in order for the question to be placed on the ballot in time for this Novembers election. Under previous legislation signed by Governor McGreevey in 2003 which established the type of stem cell research to be performed in NJ, researchers are authorized to perform clone and kill research on human embryos and fetuses through the newborn stages. Some lawmakers continue to claim NJ law bans human cloning, but the definition of human cloning used in this law says the crime of cloning does not occur until the child created through cloning is past or through the newborn stages. See above section for references on cloning.Governor Corzine calls for funding of stem cell research in budget address
I was present in Trenton yesterday to see and hear Governor Corzine give his first budget address. Although the media reported on Corzines call for expansive tax increases, most media sources failed to mention that he also called for long-term borrowing for stem cell research which will increase NJs tax burden. The reaction from the audience to Corzines endorsement of stem cell research funding was noteworthy in that it received a less than enthusiastic applause from an audience that consisted mostly of Corzines cabinet, supporters and legislators.
Both Houses of the Legislature are officially on budget break through the end of April, but that does not mean we should take a break. It does mean that we have more time and additional opportunity to rally opposition in our communities and in our churches to these wrong-headed proposals.
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