Henderson, Nev - In the next several weeks, our nation will decide whether or not to provide federal funding for stem cell research. While there are many issues involved in this decision, one thing is certain; not to decide is to decide. Sam ...
Henderson, Nev - In the next several weeks, our nation will decide whether or not to provide federal funding for stem cell research. While there are many issues involved in this decision, one thing is certain; not to decide is to decide.
Sam Schmidt, owner of Sam Schmidt Motorsports and founder of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation is asking race fans to get involved. "I can not emphasize the importance of the issue enough," Schmidt said. "While there are many groups trying to raise money privately to fund stem cell research, our collective efforts are not nearly what the government can do in one pen stroke. I appreciate the fact that this is a personal issue for everyone, but when people get to know the facts, most understand and agree that this is the right path for our country to take."
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), an advocate for anti-abortion issues, recently sent a letter to President Bush and Secretary Tommy Thompson of the Department of Health and Human Services to explain why he supports embryonic stem cell research. He stated in his letter, "After carefully analyzing the factors involved, I conclude that, at this time, research on human pluripotent embryonic stem cells is legal, scientifically compelling, and ethically sound. I want to emphasize that my support for such research is contingent upon adherence to the applicable statutes, regulations and guidelines. Mr. President, one of the great legacies of your father's presidency was the fall of the Berlin Wall which represented the victory of democracy in a 50-year conflict with totalitarian regimes. Through sacrifice and love of country, "the Greatest Generation" prevailed over both fascism and communism and proved more than equal to the challenges of the times. As a result, today the United States is in a unique position of leadership in the world. How America exerts this influence and invests our resources and energies will be observed closely by all of our global neighbors. It seems to me that leading the way in finding new cures for disease is precisely the type of activity that accrues to our benefit both at home and abroad."
Stem cell research utilizes the embryonic stem cells from fertility clinics that are slated to be discarded. Like blank slates, these cells have the ability to become what is needed once inside the human body.
According to Schmidt, "This is much bigger than possibly curing paralysis - this research opens the door to find cures for Alzheimer, Parkinson's, Muscular Dystrophy, cancer and many other debilitating and deadly diseases that effect literally millions of lives. The fact that scientists have now sequenced the human genome is only the beginning. We are truly on the verge of a new medical era and I believe that it's important for America to not only embrace the future, but lead the way."
The issues surrounding stem cell research are currently being debated on Capital Hill and throughout the country as evident by the cover of this week's issue of Newsweek. As the opinions of the public weigh in, Schmidt, like many others including Christopher Reeve and Michael J. Fox, are asking Americans to get involved, research the facts, form an opinion and call their Congressmen. "We need everyone's help" Schmidt declared. " I just want to strongly encourage people to get the facts, catch up with your Congressmen while they are on break this week...call them; write them; just make your opinion count. It's that important, because you never know when one of these disease will strike you or your family."
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