HADASSAH CONGRATULATES HOUSE FOR PASSAGE OF STEM CELL BILL
(New York, NY -- May 24, 2005) -- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, congratulates the House of Representatives on its courageous vote approving The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 810). The bill would override President Bush’s August 9, 2001 executive order limiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research to stem cell lines derived before that date.
In a statement today, June Walker, National President, said: “Today’s vote is a monumental step toward realizing the promise of stem cell research. Stem cell research has the potential to result in cures and treatment for 100 million Americans suffering from diseases, such as juvenile diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, and spinal cord injuries.
“As recognized by countless scientists, including 80 Nobel laureates and the director of the National Institutes of Health, current federal funding limitations are seriously hampering research in the United States and must be expanded.
“Today’s courageous bipartisan vote demonstrates that stem cell research is not a partisan issue. It’s about saving lives. People of all political beliefs and religions suffer from conditions that could benefit from this trail-blazing research.
“We strongly urge the Senate to quickly follow the House’s lead and pass this bill. We further exhort President Bush to reconsider his threat to veto this vital legislation. We cannot afford to lose any more time in pushing ahead on this lifesaving research.”
Hadassah, with 300,000 members in the U.S., is a powerful grassroots voice for Israel, health, and women’s issues, and is the founder and supporter of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Scientists at its Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy was among the first in the world to derive embryonic stem cell lines.