For Release July 16, 2006

July 14, 2006

U.S. Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator:

We, the undersigned patient advocacy groups, health organizations, research universities, scientific societies, religious groups and other interested institutions and associations, representing millions of patients, scientists, health care providers and advocates, write you with our strong and unified support for H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. We urge your vote in favor of H.R. 810 when the Senate considers the measure next week.

Of the bills being considered simultaneously, only H.R. 810 will move stem cell research forward in our country. This is the bill which holds promise for expanding medical breakthroughs. The other two bills – the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act (S. 2754) and the Fetus Farming Prohibition Act (S. 3504) – are NOT substitutes for a YES vote on H.R. 810.

H.R. 810 is the pro-patient and pro-research bill. A vote in support of H.R. 810 will be considered a vote in support of more than 100 million patients in the U.S. and substantial progress for research. Please work to pass H.R. 810 immediately.


Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis

Affymetrix, Inc.

Alliance for Aging Research

Alliance for Stem Cell Research

Alpha-1 Foundation

ALS Association

Ambulatory Pediatric Association

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Association for Cancer Research

American Association for Dental Research

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

American Brain Coalition

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Council on Education

American Council on Science and Health

American Dental Education Association

American Diabetes Association

American Gastroenterological Association

American Medical Associ