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Hadassah Applauds Senate Passage Today of Stem-Cell Act

Strongly Urges President to Sign this Legislation into Law
Ricky Cheung

HADASSAH APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE TODAY OF STEM-CELL ACT

Strongly Urges President to Sign this Legislation into Law

 

(New York, NY -- April 11, 2007) -- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, applauds today’s passage by the Senate of The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (S. 5). The measure passed with a plurality of 63 votes, enough for a decisive victory but not enough for the two-thirds majority needed to override an anticipated Presidential veto. The Senate affirmed the overwhelming will of the American people, who are in favor of federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research to advance this potentially lifesaving frontier of science.

In a statement today, Hadassah National President June Walker thanked the Senate for its swift vote: “We congratulate the Senate on today’s vote and implore President Bush to reconsider his opposition to this legislation and sign it into law. With such an enactment, the possibility of federal funding would dramatically increase the number of stem cell lines available for research and exponentially increase the potential of finding cures and treatment for intractable and debilitating diseases, like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. We consider President Bush’s support of this legislation a moral imperative.”

Date: 4/11/2007 12:00:00 AM

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