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Reform Jewish Movement Applauds House Passage of Bill Advancing Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Weinstein: The American public overwhelmingly understands the promise of embryonic stem cell research to positively affect the care and treatment of those living with a myriad of illnesses.

Contact: Sean Thibault
202.387.2800 or news@rac.org

Washington, DC— In response to today’s House passage of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, Barbara Weinstein, Legislative Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Once again, members of Congress have demonstrated their strong commitment to advancing potentially life saving and life enhancing embryonic stem cell research.  Coming on the heels of the Senate’s passage of this legislation, today’s House vote will send the bill to the President, providing him with an opportunity to embrace this vital research. 

The American public overwhelmingly understands the promise of embryonic stem cell research to positively affect the care and treatment of those living with a myriad of illnesses.  And as each day brings exciting news about scientific developments in the treatment of diseases, support for embryonic research in no way closes the door to the development of new forms of stem cell and other research.

We call on President Bush to demonstrate leadership by signing this bill into law.  Barring such action, we call on members of both the House and Senate to override a presidential veto and bring hope to millions of 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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