Respect Life

Prayer for the Unborn Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much and I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby I have spiritually adopted, who is in danger. Amen.


The U.S. Senate has approved two measures to fund embryonic stem cell research.  Please take a moment and make your voice heard about the desperate need to preserve human life.


S. 30, the HOPE Act, maintains strict moral boundaries while advancing stem cell science, passed with Senate vote of 70-28.  This bill supports ethical stem cell research using stem cells derived from morally appropriate means that does not depend upon the destruction of human life.


S.5, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, funds stem cell research at the expense of human life, known as embryonic stem cell research, passed with a Senate vote of 63-34. 


Both of these bills will now head to the U.S. House for consideration before they are sent to the President for his signature.  There is still time for you to make an impact!


Please contact your Representative immediately to make your voice heard on this issue.


Conscientious science recognizes its moral limits.  Along with the power to uncover truth, scientists have a grave moral obligation to use that power in defense of, not at the cost of, the weakest and most vulnerable among us.  Embryonic stem cell research at the expense of human life does not fulfill that important obligation.  There is a major gap between ?research and therapy? according to a warning from Stamford University experts.


Call or email your Representative today!  If you do not know which district you reside in call the Respect Life Office at 421-7833 x 118.


If you are in District 1:



If you are in District 2:

James R. Langevin (D)

Local: (401) 732-9400

Fax: (401) 737-2982

DC: (202) 225-2735

DC Fax: (202) 225-5976




The Message:

Please vote in favor of S.30, the HOPE Act, a message that supports ethical stem cell research and does not depend on the destruction of human life.  Please oppose S. 5, legislation that needlessly destroys human life in the name of research that has yet to help a single human being.


Remember, Congress is deciding at this very moment, how millions of taxpayer dollars will be spent, I am sure you agree that we do not want any research at the expense of vulnerable human life ? this is unacceptable for use of your money.  We cannot afford to lose time nor take a single vote for granted.  Please contact your Representative now.


Important:  If S-5 is passed, it will overturn all President Bush?s restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.  It will also create a direct incentive to kill more embryos and conduct even more research at the expense of human life ? again ? research that  has yet to provide any real hope for a single person.  This measure is a full-scale assault on our country?s pro-life policies.


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As always, if there are any questions, contact Carol Owens at 421-7833 x 118.


The following news release has been issued by the

United StatesConference of Catholic Bishops





WASHINGTON?An official of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reacted to this evening?s vote by the U.S. Senate to approve legislation (S. 5) promoting the destruction of human embryos for federally funded stem cell research.  The Senate voted for this bill 63 to 34.  At the same time, S. 30, a bill to promote alternative ways to pursue stem cell research without harming human embryos, was also approved, 70 to 28.


Richard M. Doerflinger, Deputy Director of the USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, said: ?With enactment of S. 5, millions of taxpayers would be forced to promote attacks on innocent human life in the name of scientific progress.  Americans have not been required to assist in such direct exploitation of vulnerable human life in the past.  Because the President has promised to veto this bill, and opposition to it in Congress is sufficient to uphold his veto in both House and Senate, we expect that this terrible burden will not be placed on the American people now.?


?Many members of Congress remain dazzled by irresponsibly hyped promises of ?miracle cures? from the destruction of human embryos, although experts in the field increasingly admit that treatments from this avenue may be decades away,? said Mr. Doerflinger.  ?This debate continues to divert attention and resources away from the demonstrated therapeutic promise of morally sound research using adult and cord blood stem cells.  Not only embryonic human beings, but suffering patients and their families, are victims of the Senate?s fixation on destructive research.?




The following news items were published by

Senate Passes Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding Bill, Not Veto-Proof Washington, DC ( -- The U.S. Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would force taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research even though it requires the destruction of human life. However, the vote fell short of the 67 needed to override a likely presidential veto, which puts the Senate on par with the House as not having enough votes. The Senate ultimately voted for S. 5 on a 63-34 margin. The measure will head to a conference committee where members of the House and Senate will put together a final version of the bill to send to President Bush. However, once he receives the bill, which is similar to one he vetoed last year, the president has indicated he would veto it in a statement the White House issued this week for the president, it said "Destroying nascent human life for research raises serious ethical problems, and millions of Americans consider the practice immoral." It said the bill "would use Federal taxpayer dollars to support and encourage the destruction of human life for research."

Senate Approves Measure for Ethical Embryonic Stem Cell Research Washington, DC ( -- On the same day the Senate approved a measure forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research, it also approved an alternative measure that would allow obtaining stem cells from human embryos in fertility clinics who have no chance of living if implanted into their mother’s womb. Senators ultimately voted 70-28 for the measure. Sponsors of the bill said it would allow federal investment in embryonic stem cell research that avoids the moral dilemma of destroying a potential life in the process. Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, said his measure would allow "science to move forward in an ethical and moral way by permitting federal funding of scientific research that does not harm embryos." He said it would fund research that does not harm embryos, such as deriving cells from amniotic fluid and placentas, and from embryos that have died naturally. Isakson introduced the bill last month with Senator Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican, but some advocates of embryonic stem cell research opposed the bill even though it would likely help patients in the long-run. They cast an ideological vote against the bill claiming that pro-life lawmakers were using it as "political cover" for voting against embryonic stem cell research funding.






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