We join with our nation’s scientific and medical associations and institutes in supporting stem cell research, including somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), because it is safe, ethical, and therapeutically promising. This research has the potential to cure many so-called "hopeless" childhood and adult medical conditions, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, juvenile diabetes, M.S., A.L.S. and spinal cord injury.
Those who oppose this life-saving research are well funded and politically determined to stop this research. They believe that cells in a Petri dish, invisible to the unaided eye, should be shown more respect and concern than our loved ones — suffering human beings who are precious to us. The opposition speaks out forcefully, lobbies effectively, and gets out the vote in favor of candidates who support their misinformed anti-research agenda.
Those of us who support this research have often remained silent. It is high time that we get organized and that our voices are heard. Across America, we are building a community that favors embryonic stem cell research and we will petition, educate, and vote to advance this humane, lifesaving work.
You can help by telling friends and family about this cause, educating them about why stem cell research is so important. Of course in any election year, we should be communicating with candidates as well. There are at least 100 million people in this country who suffer from medical conditions that stem cell research might cure. Gathering and empowering this enormous constituency brings us closer to the day when this research fulfills its promise of saving lives.