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Friday, August 31, 2007

The Perry Survey Comments

6. Any other comments?
Note: I corrected spelling and punctuation simply to make the comments clearer, but I have not corrected the responders’ grammar or changed any statements made even though some comments given by participants are not supported by scientific facts:


  • From what I do know about it, I think it’s a great thing and I believe it could cure many illnesses.

  • Heard that there has been some research to show that the stem cells are in the amniotic fluid and the placenta. If that can be continued, then the issue of the embryonic stem cell research will not be the only choice. The doctor who reported it on NPR from a medical magazine is the one doing the research. You might look into it...and he said it would be years before perfected.

  • I am for it!!

  • I am not against stem cell research but I don’t think it should be funded by the government. I also think the underlying moral issue lies with the fertility clinics that allow them to be created in the first place.

  • I don’t know much about it, but it seems that there are options to do the research without having to use an embryo; however, if the embryos are from abortions (which are still legal), it does seem like one way to have something “good” come from that situation. However, I also think that growing organs and other research seems to show similar promise in finding cures for many diseases. So overall, I support the research, but also support viable alternatives.

  • I feel research is important. But to take a life to do so, just to be able to sustain another life isn’t the answer. This will create more “abortions on demand”...

These are some very eye-opening comments! Notice that more than half the responders to my survey base their opinion about blastocyst stem cell research on what they’ve heard in the media. Sixty-seven percent of the responders to my survey claim to be Christians and yet the results show 77.6% of them disagree with the president’s belief that an embryo is destroyed through blastocyst research. Ninety-two percent of those who took my survey believe blastocystic stem cell research may provide cures for disease and 75% say the government should step up to the plate and start funding the research.


If you would like to give your personal opinion about stem cell research, go to http://www.right2recover.com/ and participate in the survey I have set up online. Your comments will remain anonymous and I reserve the right to include the answers in any future book I write.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Perry Survey Comments

6. Any other comments?

Note: I corrected spelling and punctuation simply to make the comments clearer, but I have not corrected the responders’ grammar or changed any statements made even though some comments given by participants are not supported by scientific facts:


  • A cell without any potential of being a baby, yet the owner is willing to donate it in order to provide goodness to the already living but perhaps injured is accepted. But, the formation of cell already being a baby, and already living, although willingly donated by the owner, to be killed for the same intention, is not accepted. The God has made all life sacred.

  • Adult stem cell research could be funded through the government. It appears to be a more likely candidate for cures in the short term.

  • All worldly (or outer) objects are good or bad, dualistic in their nature. The good of blastocyst stem cell research can bring can out weigh the bad that can also be done with it. That would be my prayer.

  • Baby Killers!

  • Every day humanity wages war upon itself. I find it ludicrous for a government to ban stem cell research on the grounds of morality and yet uphold the death penalty or wage a war.

  • Everything is connected. Of course killing a blastocyst kills the embryo it will become, and the baby the embryo will become. The implication is that human (baby) life is the most important value and there are many values with simultaneous importance.

These are some very eye-opening comments! Notice that more than half the responders to my survey base their opinion about blastocyst stem cell research on what they’ve heard in the media. Sixty-seven percent of the responders to my survey claim to be Christians and yet the results show 77.6% of them disagree with the president’s belief that an embryo is destroyed through blastocyst research. Ninety-two percent of those who took my survey believe blastocystic stem cell research may provide cures for disease and 75% say the government should step up to the plate and start funding the research.

If you would like to give your personal opinion about stem cell research, go to www.right2recover.com and participate in the survey I have set up online. Your comments will remain anonymous and I reserve the right to include the answers in any future book I write.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Perry Survey

I conducted my own survey during the writing of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. Between January 22 and February 5, 2007, I polled 88 people with five questions and an opportunity to give a comment. Most of the responders live in the Bible Belt where conservative/fundamental attitudes are elevated. Here are the questions I asked and the tally of the results:

1. How much do you know about blastocyst (also called embryonic) stem cell research?
a. Very little (11.4 %)
b. Only what I’ve heard/read in the media (59.1%)
c. A lot; I’ve done some research (29.5%)

2. Some people believe blastocyst stem cell research kills an embryo. Do you:
a. Agree (21.6 %)
b. Disagree (78.4 %)

3. Do you believe there is hope that stem cell research may someday provide cures or treatments for disease or injury?
a. Yes (93.2 %)
b. No (6.8 %)

4. Should the U.S. government provide funding for research done on blastocyst stem cells?
a. Yes (76.1%) Notice here how the percentages dropped when people were asked to open their wallets! Ninety-three percent say it may provide cures or treatments for disease or injury, but only 76% are willing to help fund it.
b. No (23.9 %)

5. What is your religious affiliation or denomination?
Agnostic/Atheist: 8.7%
Buddhist: 3.5%
Christian/Catholic: 4%
Christian/Protestant: 64.3%
Jewish: 3.5%
None at all: 4%
Pagan/Earth-based: 12%

Over the next few days, I will post a few of the comments from the poll responders.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research

The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research is excited to announce that it is a supporting organization and media partner for The Stem Cell Summit of 2007. The Genetics Policy Institute, Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Burrill Life Science Media Group have joined together to produce this unique event that will gather the global community of stakeholders to learn what's new in the field, share ideas, search for solutions and focus on advancing stem cell research from "the bench to the bedside." Please take a moment to review the details below. Your participation at this highly anticipated event is encouraged.

This October, join us in making stem cell history at The Stem Cell Summit, October 2nd and 3rd in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. There are many opportunities to be a part of this history - the poster forum, networking with leaders championing the cause, and learning from the numerous panel discussions and educational forums.

At this special event, you will have an opportunity to meet world-renowned scientists involved in embryonic and adult stem cell research, stem cell CEOs, pharmaceutical company executives, key policy makers, venture capitalists legal experts, patients, patients advocates and more. It will be a gathering unlike anything you have ever experienced-with a number of groundbreaking events.

The Stem Cell Summit Poster Forum: This event gives the stem cell community an extraordinary platform for advancing a wide range of ideas and discoveries. You will see the latest work from researchers and students on drug regulation, biologics, medical devices, intellectual property, medical ethics, public health, developmental biology, collaborative development of medicines and medical technology and public/private partnerships.

The deadline for submitting abstracts for consideration for the Poster Forum is August 31st! Register at www.thestemcellsummit.com.

Among a full slate of events, there will be special breakfast and lunch sessions with advocates, policy makers and leading thinkers - culminating with:

The Stem Cell Summit Awards Dinner: Stem cells represent the universal hope for so many people worldwide. This special dinner, presented by the Genetics Policy Institute, will recognize those who are leading the cause. Do not miss seeing who wins the National Advocacy Award, Humanitarian Award, Leadership Award, Patient Advocacy Award and Student Awards.

The Summit also gives you an outstanding venue to interact and network with key people in the stem cell movement. By attending, you not only help stem cell research move ahead-you actively participate in its future!

Register now with VIP code SPSCF and enjoy the special company "early bird" rate of $995 (that's a $500 off the standard conference price of $1,495-a 33% savings). Simply go to www.thestemcellsummit.com and learn more about being an attendee or sponsor for this event! The Poster Forum, Awards Dinner and other special events are filling up fast, so please act now!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Promotional Tour Video

Yvonne Perry's promotional tour video is ready for her virtual book tour next month. Quite an interesting and controversial subject her book has.

You can check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuUYFA6f7Zw or Yvonne's tour page here!!

Dorothy

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Why do you Believe What you Believe?

I have spent hundreds of hours researching all types of stem cell research for my book Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America (see http://www.right2recover.com/). I have exposed the false claims of the right-wing party, who say that adult (multipotent) stem cells hold the same potential as blastocystic (pluripotent) stem cells. I give reasons why it is not scientifically possible for an embryo to exist in a Petri lab dish. I have presented all the facts needed to help people make an informed decision and “own” what they believe about blastocystic stem cell research.

Generations have passed down their traditions and beliefs without having traced those ideas back to their root. What about you? Do you know the origins of your religion? Are your beliefs your own or do they belong to an organization that seeks to control your mind and free will? Are the tenets of your religion really worth keeping? When you are able to step back from your belief system and assess it for what it’s worth, you may find that you really don’t agree with certain rules or dogma. And, you may find that some of your beliefs are no longer serving your highest good.

I can’t over emphasize how dangerous it is to give away your free will and personal power to any religion or political leader. Whether it pertains to stem cell research or your religious dogma, it is important to know why you believe what you believe, and then claim your own truth.

Yvonne Perry is a metaphysical author and keynote speaker who enjoys assisting people on a spiritual path. Her open style of writing is lovingly controversial and challenges people’s belief systems in order to help them grow spiritually. As the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services based in Nashville, Tennessee, she and her team of ghostwriters service clients all over the globe by offering quality writing on a variety of topics at an affordable price. Get a complimentary eBook when you subscribe to her free monthly newsletter. Contact Yvonne at writer@yvonneperry.net or visit her Web site: www.yvonneperry.net .

Friday, August 24, 2007

Why do you Believe What you Believe?

The idea of humans being depraved sinners has placed leaders of certain religious sects in a lofty place of superiority. Believing that one is exclusive and special to God for having believed the mandates of a certain religious doctrine isolates people from others who believe they are sparks of creative life force expressing in a variety of ways: human and animal form, plant life, elemental and nature spirits, and any number of deities or other manifestations of All That Is.



This altered version of Christianity is still powerful in our world today—especially in politics. Neo-Conservatives and Fundamentalists of the right-wing group wield a great influence in our government as they try to legislate morality and determine what behavior is socially acceptable and what is not. They believe they should have a say about what goes on in another person’s bedroom and who can and cannot be married. They have also delayed funding for a very important biology that has great potential to help people with illness and medical conditions. The term “embryonic” stem cell research is a misnomer because the research is not performed on a fish-like embryo; it is conducted in a laboratory on a clump of cells known as a blastocyst. The right-wing position that a tiny baby embryo is being destroyed by blastocystic stem cell research is a blatant lie yet many of these people cannot say why they believe this. It may be because someone they look to for leadership has told them it is true and they have not questioned it or done any research to find out otherwise.


Continued in tomorrow's post...



Yvonne Perry is a metaphysical author and keynote speaker who enjoys assisting people on a spiritual path. Her open style of writing is lovingly controversial and challenges people’s belief systems in order to help them grow spiritually. As the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services based in Nashville, Tennessee, she and her team of ghostwriters service clients all over the globe by offering quality writing on a variety of topics at an affordable price. Get a complimentary eBook when you subscribe to her free monthly newsletter. Contact Yvonne at writer@yvonneperry.net or visit her Web site: www.yvonneperry.net .

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Why do you Believe What you Believe?

True Christianity has Jesus Christ as its focal point, not rules and regulation; not dogma or doctrine. Christianity began with the gentle, non-violent teachings of Jesus Christ for whom the religion is named. Jesus’ teachings were in alignment with Buddhist, Tibetan and Eastern thought that did not adhere to religious or political authority but rather supported an anti-materialist, non-political lifestyle. Jews who followed the teachings of Christ were just beginning to adapt the principles into their culture when non-Jews (Greeks and Romans) began to adopt the religion as their own. The Gospels which give account of the life of Christ were written between 30 and 70 years after the death of Jesus. Paul of Tarsus is one of the earliest founders of the Greek/Roman version of Christianity who penned parts of the New Testament. Paul’s writings which espouse subjection of women and paying homage to pastors and church leaders actually oppose the early teachings of Jesus.



The compassionate and tender principles contained in the early history of true Christianity, started to fade as the Orthodox Church of Rome continued to develop a doctrine that would enable political rulers to enslave citizens and force the congregation to materially support pastors and obey them without question. Arius was a major opponent of a new doctrine which taught that humans are sinners as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve. This doctrine of “original sin” has been carried over to neoconservative, ultra right-wing religions today who teach that people are destined to hell if they do not believe a certain way or become submit to their church leaders. These pastors, bishops and elders were said to be the only ones who could forgive sin and save people from hell. They required people to do service for the church, give a tithe to support the pastors and even take up arms against the enemies of the church.



Another ruling of the emerging Christian religion declared the human body sinful and prohibited a couple to have sexual relations without permission from the Church. This is where belief in the virgin birth (that Mary the mother of Jesus conceived and gave birth without losing her virginity) was manufactured. Children who were conceived and born without the Church’s permission were not eligible for Baptism or forgiveness of sins—of course unless the parents paid penance or gave money to the bishop. This is also when the belief began that Jesus is the only son of God. And, that really doesn’t make sense to me. The peace-loving Jesus himself stated that we are all sons and daughters of God; equal to Him—joint heirs with full rights and responsibilities as co-creators of our lives and our circumstances. The teaching of separateness from God is strange. How can anything exist if the Creative Source is not in it?




Continued in tomorrow's post...


Yvonne Perry is a metaphysical author and keynote speaker who enjoys assisting people on a spiritual path. Her open style of writing is lovingly controversial and challenges people’s belief systems in order to help them grow spiritually. As the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services based in Nashville, Tennessee, she and her team of ghostwriters service clients all over the globe by offering quality writing on a variety of topics at an affordable price. Get a complimentary eBook when you subscribe to her free monthly newsletter. Contact Yvonne at writer@yvonneperry.net or visit her Web site: www.yvonneperry.net .

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Why do you Believe What you Believe?

Fundamentalists honor martyrdom to the point that they teach codependency, female subservience, and total allegiance to their leaders. In this type of religion, I was taught that a wife should submit to the rule of her husband, to never question God or her pastor, and that the circumstances in my life were not my fault—it was simply God’s will for me to suffer. I was disempowered to believe that I was not responsible for my miserable life, so I kept waiting for God to bail me out or change my situation. I was miserable, but nothing changed.

When my first marriage ended, I began to question everything I had been taught and found that most of my religious beliefs simply did not make sense. Still praying for hours each day, religion and doctrine could not help me as I plummeted into depression and despair. In fact, those who had been my church friends scolded me for not having enough faith to prevent my divorce. So much for Christians being known for their love; judgment was all I received in the darkest hour of my soul. I had broken the rules of my religion and my religion no longer accepted me.

After forty years of indoctrination, I ended my relationship with religious establishments and sought my own path to find my connection that already existed with my Creator. That connection was not based on rules or tradition. As I moved away from the system of religion, and put aside the “to-do” list of the Church, I began to trust my intuition and heed the inner voice I had been ignoring for years. I began to take personal responsibility for my choices and regained my power as I exercised my own free will. I stopped allowing people to walk all over me or tell me what I should believe and what I could and could not do. I researched and studied all types of religion and found both truth and myths in each one. I found that the Bible has been altered many times to serve the agendas of politicians and leaders of the early Church and Roman government. In fact, Christianity has gone through many transformations over the years and the religion people in the U.S. practice today is not at all like it was in the beginning.

Continued in tomorrow's post..


Yvonne Perry is a metaphysical author and keynote speaker who enjoys assisting people on a spiritual path. Her open style of writing is lovingly controversial and challenges people’s belief systems in order to help them grow spiritually. As the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services based in Nashville, Tennessee, she and her team of ghostwriters service clients all over the globe by offering quality writing on a variety of topics at an affordable price. Get a complimentary eBook when you subscribe to her free monthly newsletter. Contact Yvonne at writer@yvonneperry.net or visit her Web site: www.yvonneperry.net .

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Why do you Believe What you Believe?


My religious training started when I was two weeks old and my parents dedicated me to God in a conservative Southern Baptist church. I became the church pianist when I was fifteen, and by then my identity was wrapped up in my religious community.


Throughout my teen years, I frequently balked at the strict rules and moral beliefs of our church and my family. However, I felt a place of belonging among church goers, so I continued to attend services even after I left home at seventeen to marry and create a life of my own.


I took a position as pianist at an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church closer to home. Before long, my husband and I realized that this church held even more restrictive beliefs than my home church. Women were not allowed to wear pants, men couldn’t sing in the choir if they had facial hair, and going to movies was grounds for dismissal from any position of leadership within the church. It was taught from the pulpit that rock music was Satanic because if it were played backward it contained subliminal messages! The youth group had a ceremonial bon-fire to burn all their vinyl records and cassettes. I once questioned our pastor as to why he thought it sinful for the soloist to use pre-recorded accompaniment music. He told me it was because not all those who played as a studio musician on the recording were Christians and this might have an evil influence upon our congregation.


We soon left that church but did not stray far from the closed mindset because we had been taught that going to a different denomination (even a different type of Baptist church) would cause us to lose our salvation or cause God to punish us. Our new church held similar standards, but seemed to be a little more relaxed. Still, I felt like a misfit because inwardly I didn’t really agree with most of the rules. However, I learned not to question the authority of the leadership or break the church’s rules because I wanted to be accepted by them and the God they espoused.


Continued in tomorrow’s post.....

Monday, August 20, 2007

Book Review by Swanee Ballman

Yvonne Perry has done the world a great service by not only explaining the truth about stem cell research but also by backing it up with hard facts. Before I read Right to Recover, my only knowledge of stem cell research came from the media. Now I know how misinformed I was. (As Dan Bloodworth says, I was “double-dumb”—I didn’t know what I didn’t know!)

Absolutely everyone—especially politicians, religious leaders, and physicians—should read Right to Recover. The truth is powerful weapon that cuts through the rusty armor of ignorance.


Swanee Ballman
President, Jawbone Publishing Corporation
Author of Tamarind, the novel and the screenplay, Tamarind, to be filmed by Springboard Productions in 2009

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Book Review from Austin Cline

Austin Cline has posted a review of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America online. He is the writer for Agnosticism and Atheism for About.com. His straight-forward, no white-washed review is an truthful review with his opinion of the book. Read Mr. Cline’s review here:

Book Review - Right to Recover: Winning the Political and ...

Friday, August 17, 2007

Why can't we help the ill?

Why can't we help the ill?
August 3, 2007

By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers (RAWSISTAZ.com)-
Yvonne Perry's RIGHT TO RECOVER has a wealth of information regarding stem cell research, not only in the United States, but in the world. She covers the reasons given for Bush vetoing the Stem Cell Research Bill, as well as puts down the myths that surround those issues. For instance, in vitro fertilization does not constitute a living human being. A cell and sperm that are united outside a woman's body are blastocyst cells and cannot become a human being until placed in a woman's womb. The placing of the fertilized egg in a woman's womb where it can grow and become a human being is conception. Until that point, the cells are undifferentiated cells that can become any part of the body, which is why it so important to the research. These cells can be used to grow new body organs, such as livers or kidneys. They can also be used to find cures for spinal and brain injuries as well as replacing damaged brain and nerve cells that cause muscular sclerosis and Alzheimer's. If these fertilized eggs are not used for research, they are thrown away which is not very helpful to those who truly need a cure. There has been much talk of adult stem cell research, but the difference is, those cells are already determinate parts of the body and are therefore not universal as the blastocyst cells are.

Ms. Perry lists many diseases that I had no idea could be covered by stem cell research. It is indeed, a real horror for the seriously ill, that this bill was vetoed, when it obviously can do so much good. The RIGHT TO RECOVER also covers the history of this country and how religion has come to play such a large part in the government of today. While the subject is quite technical, she breaks it down so even a lay person can understand the concepts and the reasons for stem cell research. She gives the information and lets you decide. There is also a chapter regarding what each individual can do to help. It is indeed an enlightening book that should be read by everyone in the United States.

Reviewed by Alice Holman
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Stem Cell Research - Kansas


What is going on in Kansas regarding the GOP and stem cell research?http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/8/1/104316/5124

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Former motocross racer Ricky James Jr., 19, is donating $200,000 -- trust fund money he'd been saving for his first home -- to stem cell research at the University of California at Irvine he believes will cure paralysis.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

News from ISCR on Embryonic stem cells

In a paper published in the latest edition of the journal Development, scientists at the Institute for Stem Cell Research, of the University of Edinburgh, show that mouse embryonic stem cells need the protein FGF4 to become competent to be converted into specialised cell types, such as brain or muscle cells.

These findings add to the growing body of knowledge that researchers all over the world are using to direct embryonic stem cells to become specific specialised cells – a fundamental requirement for using lab-grown cells to model disease, test the effects of new drugs and, potentially, treat disease and injury.Embryonic stem cells have the unique ability to divide to produce both copies of themselves and other, more specialised, cell types. The process whereby embryonic stem cells commit to become specialised cells is still obscure. In particular, the precise role of the protein Fibroblast Growth Factor 4 (FGF4) in this key decision point has been uncertain, until now.

HOW OLD AM I? Or, the Great SCNT Controversy

# 357 Friday, August 10, 2007 - HOW OLD AM I? Or, the Great SCNT Controversy

By Don C. Reed

On August 19, 2007, I will be 62 years old. I think.

Until recently, there was no doubt in my mind, how old I was, when my life really began. Life began counting from the moment I entered the world. Waaaaa—hi Mom, hello world, start the clock.

Philosophers and religious folks may disagree. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle felt differently, believing that life begins when the baby first stirs inside the mother, the “quickening” which he reckoned as the 40th day inside the womb. In 1591, Pope Gregory XIV, leader of the Catholic Church, agreed with this theory on when life begins. That would make me 62 years, seven and a half months. In biological terms, I am told, the quickening really happens around the fourth month, which would make me 62 years and 5 months

In 1896, Pope Pius IX changed the Church’s definition of the beginning of life, saying life began at the instant of conception—when sperm meets egg.
That would make me 62 years and nine months old, because I was a nine-month baby.

In the 21st century, however, President Bush moved the goal posts of life’s beginning still further back, saying that life begins before the mother gets involved at all.

“I…urge the Congress to ban all human cloning,” said Mr. Bush, “We must not create life to destroy life. Human beings (are)…innocent children waiting to be born…not research material to be used in a cruel and reckless experiment.”—January 23, 2003. http://www.priestsforlife.org

The President was referring to the medical procedure known as Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT), sometimes called therapeutic cloning.

Read more here…

Monday, August 13, 2007

Korean scientist Hwang Woo Suk

Here's an update on the Korean scientist Hwang Woo Suk, who was found to have fabricated much of his work in Science. A new report reveals that he did achieve a scientific first, but it was not the one he claimed.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Which Way Missouri?

The great state of Missouri has been robbed—of eight hundred and fifty million dollars.

Who are the thieves? That’s up to you to decide.

By my way of thinking, the Republican Party and the Religious Right should divide the guilt. Their political games denied Missouri eight hundred and fifty million dollars, which should have gone to that state’s economy—and to medical research, the fight against incurable disease.

First, let us judge the magnitude of what was lost.

$850,000,000.00 Big bucks. Thar’s enough to pay for a McDonald’s double cheeseburger for each of America’s three hundred million citizens.

How significant is that? Yesterday, another state, New Jersey began a battle to raise $450 million (over ten years) for stem cell research. Governor Jon S. Corzine signed legislation to allow New Jersey voters to make the decision—whether or not to spend $450 million—roughly half the amount of money that was lost to Missouri…

And golden California, our glorious Proposition 71, three hundred million a year—and Missouri could have had $850 million? That’s almost like three extra years of full funding from the number one source in the world.




Don Reed

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Reverend Dan Bloodworth

Reverend Dan Bloodworth welcomes the opportunity to speak on the facts of stem cell research and the relationship between the Science, the Biology, Jesus’ blood and the Bible.

Rev. Dan Bloodworth
C/O Worth The Blood Ministry
372 Hogans Branch Rd.
Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072

615-594-1398 cell
615-851-2067 fax

Friday, August 10, 2007

Two Lies about Stem Cell Research


Opponents of embryonic stem cell research such as Georgene Sorenson (letters 7-20-07) always resort to two lies:

One is that ESCs are not necessary because ASCs have cured 60, 70, or 80 diseases already. The truth is that after 40 years of research, there are nine cures not however many a writer decides. The three citations for Parkinson's disease in the Prentice "cure" list are simply false. I talked to Dennis Turner on 3-24-06 and his PD has returned, Patricia Payne was never in Dr. Levesque's Phase II because it never took place and ten Kentuckians in Amgen's aborted GDNF infusion therapy trials did not receive stem cells of any kind. Use some common sense. How many "cured" people do you know?

The other fiction is that ESCR involves dismembering a tiny human being. Nothing could be further from the truth. The blastocysts in question are microscopic undifferentiated cells that will never do anything but replicate unless implanted in a uterus. There would be no argument at all if a blastocyst was a person. This phony vision of what is involved and "slippery slope" threats handcuffs scientists and prevents millions of living, suffering people from being helped.

The notion that people should not have to support with federal funds things they deem immoral just does not square with reality. I pay taxes for a war I consider to be both immoral and illegal. Sorenson can opt out of any treatments derived from ESCR.

The American people should not be forced to follow the dictates of someone else's faith rather than reason. Over 520 universities, scientific organizations, patient advocacy groups and churches, as well as a majority of the American people, support federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Even a majority of Catholics support ESCR.

Finally, it makes no sense to judge research that has not yet been done. ESCs were isolated in 1998 and due to the Bush administration and the Religious Right's roadblocks, a hostile environment will drive scientists abroad.

MR. BUSH TEAR DOWN THAT WALL YOU HAVE PLACED AROUND SCIENCE!!

Rayilyn Brown
Board Member AZNPF
Arizona Chapter National Parkinson's Foundation
Surprise AZ 85374-8938

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Viritual Tour for Right to Recover


My online author virtual tour page is ready at www.virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com.

Dorothy Thompson and Nikki Leigh are doing a great job pulling this together for me. I will be visiting more than 15 blogs on my tour.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Cocktails For a Cause

Jodie and John Eastman and Katama and Jay Eastman hosted a cocktail reception for the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) at Jodie and John’s East Hampton home last Friday. The assembled guests heard NYSCF CEO and Co-Founder Susan Solomon, along with Dr. Kevin Eggan, investigator at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and NYSCF scientific director, speak about the potential of embryonic stem cell research to cure the major diseases of our time, the latest developments in the lab and on the political front, and the importance of private funding to advance this critically important science.


Founded in 2005, the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) is a privately funded foundation dedicated to furthering human embryonic stem cell research to advance the search for cures of the major diseases of our time. The foundation opened the first privately funded human embryonic stem cell laboratory in New York in March 2006 to serve as a “safe haven” where scientists from academic medical centers in the New York area and throughout the East Coast can conduct advanced human embryonic stem cell research free of the federal restrictions that limit the scope of government-supported work.

Read more and view photos…

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Governor Corzine Signs Landmark New Jersey Stem Cell Research Bond Act

WEST ORANGE – Governor Jon S. Corzine today signed the New Jersey Stem Cell Research Bond Act, a $450 million bond referendum that will provide financing for stem cell research grants to eligible institutions over a 10 year period.

“New Jersey continues to forge ahead as a pioneer in stem cell research and discovery,” said Governor Corzine. “This ballot initiative represents a landmark economic investment that will create new jobs and spur new business ventures while bringing the potential of revolutionary life-saving treatments and cures to millions afflicted by some of the most devastating diseases and injuries.

“We will be asking the voters for their support, and they can be assured that this funding will be expended and distributed based solely on the scientific merit of projects as judged by an independent review panel,” Corzine said. “At a time when the federal government has taken a step backward, I am proud of our legislative leadership for their support in keeping New Jersey front and center in this promising research that offers hope to so many.”

The Stem Cell Research Bond Act, upon approval by voters, authorizes the sale of State general obligation funds in the amount of $450 million over 10 years. The grants will be awarded by the Commission on Science and Technology subject to evaluation by an independent research review panel and in consultation with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority concerning commercial viability of the projects.

Monday, August 6, 2007

House Panel Narrowly Passes Embryonic Stem cell Research

26, 2007 13:12 EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A House committee today approved a bill setting rules for how research can be performed on human embryonic stem cells in North Carolina.


The bill also eliminates funding to encourage research.


The guidelines were approved 45-to-35. The bill would permit research on stem cells left over from in-vitro fertilization that would otherwise be discarded.


A ten million dollar appropriation was removed that would have helped the Health and Wellness Trust Fund distribute grants to nonprofit groups conducting stem cell research.


Guilford Representative Earl Jones says the money was removed because it could take a year for the trust fund to set up guidelines. Jones says embryonic stem cells could offer a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat a variety of diseases.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Oregon Legislation on Stem Cell Research

Oregon: The House voted 30-29 in favor of a bill (HB 2801B) that would provide about $160,000 over the next 18 months to a committee to examine the use of public funds for embryonic stem cell research, but the measure needed 31 votes to pass the chamber, the AP/OregonLive.com reports. Under the legislation, the committee of researchers, medical ethicists, family law specialists and members of the public would be tasked with drafting guidelines for future state investment in stem cell research, as well as seeking public and private donations. The Republican caucus and one Democrat voted against the bill. According to the AP/OregonLive.com, Rep. Larry Galizio (D) changed his vote on the measure, which could allow it to be reconsidered (Silverman, AP/OregonLive.com, 6/21).

From The Kaiser Network

Saturday, August 4, 2007

North Carolina Report on Stem Cell Research

The North Carolina House Appropriations Committee voted 45-35 to approve a bill (HB 1837) that would permit stem cell research using embryos created during in vitro fertilization treatments that otherwise would be destroyed, (Robertson, AP/Greensboro News & Record, 7/26). The committee on Wednesday voted to pass an amendment to the bill that removed $10 million in funding for the research.

The amended version would not allocate any funds to embryonic stem cell research, but it would require a state commission to establish guidelines for researchers who want to use state funds for research using embryonic stem cells. Rep. Earl Jones (D), sponsor of the measure, said that even without funding, the amended bill has value because the state could provide money for embryonic stem cell research in the future, or state residents could approve a bond measure to fund such research. Rep. Paul Stam (R) said he would continue to oppose the legislation because it involves research using embryos (Bonner, Raleigh News & Observer, 7/26).

Friday, August 3, 2007

Ethics of Stem Cell Research

On July 21, 2007, Mirko Petricevic wrote an article for THE RECORD titled "Stem cells and the meaning of life." The article is very long. You may want to read it in its entirety.

Sometimes debate about the ethics of stem cell research can get downright dirty. Margaret Somerville, founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law in Montreal, recalls one particularly graphic example.She was taking part in a public debate, she said, when her opponent shoved his finger up his nose.

He then raised his hand and declared that a human embryo had no more moral status than the mucus on the tip of his finger. The gesture was actually fairly lighthearted and the audience laughed, Somerville said. But it also illustrated the crux of a high-stakes debate, one in which the possibility of developing miracle cures to alleviate human suffering is pitted against how we view, respect and disrespect life itself.

The human embryo -- a woman's ovum fertilized with sperm -- and the stem cells contained within it are at the heart of the debate. Stem cells are some of the body's basic building blocks -- they can grow into blood, organs and various other tissues. Stem cells can be found in adults, aborted fetuses, placenta and umbilical cord blood. Bone marrow transplants are one form of stem-cell therapy. Stem cells in marrow can create new blood, so they are often injected into cancer patients whose marrow has been destroyed by chemotherapy.

Many scientists argue that stem cells extracted from human embryos are the Holy Grail in the quest to create treatments for illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. And the sooner scientists can develop therapies, they argue, the sooner they can relieve peoples' suffering. Scientists who favour using stem cells from a human embryo say those stem cells show more promise than those from other sources. Embryonic stem cells multiply faster, grow for longer durations, can survive being frozen and then thawed for research purposes, and have been made to grow into a greater variety of cells than adult stem cells.

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Author’s Corner August 2007

by Yvonne Perry

It’s good to be home after our 2-week vacation in Palm Springs, California. We took a break from our tour of the desert and drove over to the west coast to visit Dr. Evan Snyder at Burnham Institute in La Jolla. What a pleasure to meet this kind-hearted man, who is one of the foremost authorities on stem cell research.

Dr. Snyder graciously gave me his endorsement of and foreword for my book RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America. The book is to be released on October 1, 2007.

Speaking of the book, I am making final edits to the manuscript this week and plan to send it to Valerie Connelly, my publisher, next week. Then, it will be formatted and uploaded to Lightning Source for digital printing, which will allow it to be purchased on Amazon.com. An off-set print run is scheduled to supply bookstores with shelf stock by October. Things are going as planned and I am ready to share the book with the world.

New Jersey Governor on Stem Cell Research

New Jersey: Gov. Jon Corzine (D) signed a bill that authorizes a Nov. 6 referendum asking voters to approve borrowing $450 million over 10 years to fund stem cell research in the state, the Newark Star-Ledger reports (Margolin, Newark Star-Ledger, 7/27).

The Assembly in June voted 50-27 and the Senate 31-3 to approve the legislation. If approved by voters, the funds would be used to award grants to institutions -- including colleges, universities, and state and local government agencies -- that conduct research on both adult and embryonic stem cells and umbilical cord blood, according to Rep. Neil Cohen (D).

Corzine last year signed a measure into law that authorizes $270 million in state funds for the expansion of embryonic stem cell research and facilities in the state (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 7/27).

Borrowing for stem cell research could increase the state's debt by as much as $37 million annually, according to a nonpartisan legislative analysis (Hester, AP/Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/26). "This is an investment that has a very clear payback," Corzine said at a signing ceremony at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, N.J. New Jersey Right to Life could decide to challenge the referendum if it determines the ballot language to be misleading. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 49% of state voters supported the referendum and 39% opposed it (Gold, AP/Philadelphia Daily News, 7/26).

From Kaiser Network

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Right Works to Undermine Missouri Stem-Cell Amendment

I found this article posted on Right Wing Watch July 25, 2007 and thought I would share it with you. Kevin Eggan is mentioned in my book. Yvonne Perry, author of RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America.

Right Works to Undermine Missouri Stem-Cell Amendment

Last November, Missourians voted to amend their state constitution to put a halt to attempts by their own state legislators to ban embryonic stem-cell research. Proponents of the amendment overcame a protractedand sometimes viciousright-wing campaign, and the Religious Right was dismayed by the results: “[W]e stand on the precipice of grave judgment if America does not repent,” said Rick Scarborough, who held several rallies throughout the state. “[G]overnment should never be able to veto the inviolable dignity of human life,” wrote David Prentice of the Family Research Council, warning that “democracy devolves into tyranny.” Opponents of stem-cell research vowed to continue the fight.

In a way, they are succeeding. The Stowers Institute for Medical Research is scrapping plans to expand its Kansas City facility, citing the hostile political environment, including a number of actions in the state legislature:

Sen. Matt Bartle’s unsuccessful filibuster of the nomination of Warren Erdman to the UM system Board of Curators because of his support for embryonic stem cell research.

The failed launch of a ballot item meant to overturn voter-approved Amendment 2. The ballot item would have banned somatic cell nuclear transfer, a process deemed critical to harness embryonic stem cells for research.

The withdrawal of life science-related projects from a $350 million plan to use sold loans from the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority for capital improvement projects at public colleges.

Gov. Matt Blunt’s appointment of Rep. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, an opponent of embryonic stem cell research, to the Life Sciences Research Board.

As one scientist explained: Scientist Kevin Eggan had once considered packing up his lab at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and moving to Missouri. Now he's reluctant. "I couldn't possibly come to a place where I thought the potentially lifesaving research I want to do could become illegal," said Eggan, who works on degenerative nerve disorders like Lou Gehrig's disease.