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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2007
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Eagle Forum Urges President to Veto Embryonic Stem Cell Bill
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family group founded by Phyllis Schlafly, urges President Bush to veto any legislation that allows for expanded federal taxpayer funding for stem cell research that destroys human embryos. On January 11, the House passed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, H.R. 3, by a vote of 174-253 (Roll Call 20). The bill, which is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate later this month, would allow for an increase in federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
"Despite the Democrat's deceptive ads, talking points, and the incessant media hype, embryonic stem cell research is not what has been producing promising results. Rather, successful treatments and cures have been yielded using non-embryonic stem cells," said Jessica Echard, Eagle Forum Executive Director. "Non-embryonic stem cell alternatives, such as stem cells derived from cord blood and pluripotent stem cells, are flourishing, currently having treated over 70 diseases and syndromes on human patients."
"Even the most recent research released by both Wake Forest University and Harvard University lends support to the greater potential and promise of non-embryonic stem cell research. They reported that the amniotic fluid donated by pregnant women holds much the same promise as embryonic stem cells and it will provide a valuable resource for tissue repair and engineered organs," Echard said.
"Venture capitalists refuse to invest funds in ESCR because it has yet to produce any successful treatments, even in animals, yet the Democrats continue to ignore the facts and push for increased taxpayer dollars for unethical research," Echard contended. "Today it is destroying a human embryo for research purposes; tomorrow it will be cloning and killing an embryo for promises of miracle cures!"
"Human embryos deserve full protection under the law," concluded Echard. "Eagle Forum trusts that President Bush will keep to his word and veto this dangerous piece of legislation."