|H.R. 3 - Federal Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research|
List of Democrats who opposed Federal Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research:
DFLA Letter opposing H.R. 3
Democrats For Life of America, Inc.
DFLA -The pro-life voice within the Democratic Party
I am writing to express the opposition of Democrats For Life of America to H.R. 3, a bill to expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. No hearings have ever been held on this bill in the House.
Particularly in light of the recent discovery regarding the potential of harvesting stem cells in a manner that would not harm human embryos, we urge you to vote no on the measure. As you know, scientists announced this week that amniotic fluid from pregnant women could potentially provide stem cells that could grow into brain, muscle and other tissue—and without harming human embryos. We believe that this type of research as well as forms of adult stem cell research are much more promising than any research that would harm potential human life. From a moral and ethical standpoint, if we can cure diseases without harming human life, we should proceed with that type of research.
Democrats For Life of America does support research on adult stem cells, including those from umbilical cord blood, which has proven time and time again to be effective in curing more than 72 different human diseases and injuries. By contrast, stem cell research that destroys human embryos does not have a single success. In fact the type of embryonic stem cell research being supported by H.R. 3 has been subject to immune rejection and has a strong tendency to form tumors. To date, stem cells from human embryos have not helped a single patient.
As you may recall, the embryonic stem cell research touted by Hwang Woo-suk at Seoul National University was discredited, and Hwang was later dismissed after an investigation in which he admitted that he faked much of the research. At the time, he was the leading researcher in this area.
In the 109th Congress, the Republicans bypassed the Committee process and allowed a vote on similar legislation. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) expressed concerns that, regardless of one’s position on embryonic stem cell research, there were too many unanswered questions and the Committee did not do its job of properly evaluating the legislation before sending it to the floor. This week, a similar bill is being brought to the floor without hearings that would address important medical, legal and ethical concerns. The many questions—that are still unanswered–need to be resolved before we go down the controversial path of using human embryos for research. In her floor speech, Congresswoman Kaptur stated:
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|Does the donation of organs justify capital punishment?|
Governor John Kasich recently stayed an execution of an Ohio man to review if his organs can and should be harvested after he is lethally injected.
Our Ohio DFL Chapter, including, Mary Ann Chimera, Mary Gigandet and John Munnis have been trying to stop the execution.
Mary Ann Chimera writes,
"The only end served by execution is revenge. It does not give closure. It does not restore the victim or the status quo ante. It does not ease the loss. It does not discourage others from committing like crimes."
She further notes that from a financial standpoint, the death penalty is more expensive than housing a person for life.
But now, the State of Ohio is considering allowing the harvesting of organs to save one life by taking another.
Wesley J. Smith writes that this sets a dangerous precedent.
"Here's the problem: The requested donation must be judged in the context in which it was made. This is not a truly freely chosen action. But for being condemned to die, there is no indication that he would have been willing to donate."
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|Measure Steers Women to Clinics|
By JOE MURPHY, Commentary
Pro-life Democrats enthusiastically greeted the many progressive components in the Women's Equality Act described by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address, in areas such as family status discrimination, workplace sexual harassment and human trafficking. We were dismayed, however, at his inclusion of extremist measures that would promote abortion while repealing some existing protections for pregnant women.