This bill is sponsored in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) and in the Senate by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA). It would require the United States government to finance the killing of human embryos for scientific research. At fertilization, when the human embryo's life begins, it is only a matter of 21-24 days before his or her beating heart can be heard using common medical instruments.
PLEASE OPPOSE THE STEM CELL RESEARCH ACT.
NUREMBERG CODE: Directives for Human Experimentation
"The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential . . . .
"During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required of him that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject."
Text of the House version (H.R. 2059) introduced June 5, 2001
Text of the Senate version (S. 723) introduced June 5, 2001
Joint Statement by House Republican Leaders Calls for ethical stem cell research while opposing federal funding for embyo-killing experiments.
Letter to President Bush from 37 Members of Congress Letter calls for financing embryo-killing research with federal tax dollars. Objections to the views expressed in the letter are included.
Stem Cell Simplicities
By MONA CHAREN, Townhall.com, July 7, 2001
Organizations Lobbying for Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding
The Amazing Vanishing Embryo
By Dougas Johnson, Legislative Director, National Right to Life, National Review Online, July 17, 2001
The corrosive power of euphemisms
By C. BEN MITCHELL, Ph.D., The Washington Times, July 15, 2001
The Benefits of Stem Cell Research -- And The Costs
By STEVE CHAPMAN, Chicago Tribune, July 15, 2001
Bush's Stem Cell Decision
By FRED BARNES, The Weekly Standard, July 16, 2001
After stem cells, what?
By CAL THOMAS, Jewish World Review, July 5, 2001 / 14 Tamuz, 5761
Blowing Smoke on Stem-Cell Research: Anything but the truth
By WESLEY J. SMITH, National Review Online, July 12, 2001
The Inhuman Use of Human Beings A response to a recommendation by the National Institutes of Health in favor of government funding for embyro-killing research (First Things, January 1995)