Monday, May 02, 2005

Gearing up for another Delaware ESC bill

Two Delaware representatives and one senator are working to introduce a bill to allow leftover IVF frozen embryos to be used for medical experimentation. Time to collect resources for another legislative battle.

Legislators are tired of hearing experts from both sides. I think we ought to bring to testify in the Delaware legislature a child born through the Snowflake embryo adoption program, his or her parents, and the parents who owned the embryos and allowed them to be adopted. Real live citizens (who vote!) with a fetching, true story would, I think, prove viscerally the falsehood of the argument, " The frozen embryos are going to be destroyed anyway. Why not use them for medical research?"

Other resources:

The Legend of the 400,000 Embryos
This is a 1999 article, getting old by now, maybe we can find
an update. The basic argument is good.

Connecticut Catholic Conference has a good legislative
bulletin. It includes both the talking points about the
400,000 embryos and the embryo adoption point.
Read Connecticut Catholic Conference's bulletin here.

Juvenile Diabetes Patients Need Read Hope, Not Hype

Testimony of Chief Scientific Officer of the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation (JDRF) before Senate, with With Annotated
Rebuttal by the Autoimmune Disease Research Foundation

Diabetes Foundation Loses Its Way. This is the Michael Fumento article I linked to in an earlier entry.

The last three references have to do with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) which is, according to Rep. Pam Maier, the force and impetus behind the senate
bill that she, Sen. Blevins and Rep. Deborah Hudson are drafting. JDRF has become a leading political lobbyist for embryonic stem cell research. The Fumento article discusses Harvard Dr. Denise Faustman and JDRF's refusal to fund research that is already successful, using adult stem cells (ASC).

Here is an April 24, 2005 LA Times article that ASC critics may use against ESC critics:
Studies Revive Debate Over What Adult Stem Cells Can Do.

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