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Reform Jewish Leader Hails Majority Leader Frist’s Support for Embryonic Stem Cell Research
In response to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s speech in support of embryonic stem cell research, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, "Dr. Frist has embodied the teachings of Nachmanides, who knew that the practice of healing is not merely a profession, it is a mitzvah, a righteous obligation..."

Saperstein: Dr. Frist has embodied the teachings of Nachmanides, who knew that the practice of healing is not merely a profession, it is a mitzvah, a righteous obligation…. Congress should not deny the millions of Americans whose lives have been touched by these ailments the opportunity for stem cell research, which may improve and lengthen their lives and those of their loved ones, to be conducted on their behalf.

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Washington, August 1, 2005 – In response to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s speech in support of embryonic stem cell research, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

    Majority Leader Frist’s endorsement of embryonic stem cell research is a welcome step in the advancement of this promising science.  The credibility Dr. Frist brings to the cause of stem cell research, thanks to his years as a respected physician, is invaluable. Through his statement, Dr. Frist has embodied the teachings of Nachmanides, who knew that the practice of healing is not merely a profession, it is a mitzvah, a righteous obligation.
     
    The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote in the House and now held up by Senate opponents, deserves swift passage and enactment.  The stem cells derived from embryos originally created for fertility treatment purposes and that are in excess of the need and that would otherwise be discarded have tremendous potential to treat a range of debilitating and life-threatening illnesses.  Scientists tell us that therapeutic stem cell research holds out tremendous promise for finding a cure or treatment for conditions including breast and prostate cancer, leukemia, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injuries and Huntington’s Chorea.  Congress should not deny the millions of Americans whose lives have been touched by these ailments the opportunity for stem cell research, which may improve and lengthen their lives and those of their loved ones, to be conducted on their behalf.
     
    With Dr. Frist’s support, it is now time for the Senate to stop its stonewalling of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.  Any so-called “compromise” that would impede the kind of responsible research facilitated by this important bill’s passage is a sham, and will be recognized as such by all those who believe in the potential of therapeutic stem cell research.  We call on Senators to support this measure and join with Dr. Frist in giving hope to all Americans.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.




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