WHEREAS human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research and somatic cell nuclear
transfer (SCNT or therapeutic cloning) show promise in finding cures for many
physical and mental conditions, including but not limited to Alzheimer's
disease, diabetes, burns, hemophilia, Parkinson's disease, spinal chord
paralysis, and many others, that cause suffering and debilitation for millions
WHEREAS embryonic stem cells, generated from donated embryos that are left
over after infertility treatment, can become all cell types made by the human
body and can proliferate indefinitely in culture;
WHEREAS SCNT is a technique in which the nucleus of a donated unfertilized
egg is removed and replaced with the nucleus of a patient's cell, allowing the
development of a genetically matched line of repair cells that can be accepted
by a patient's body and the development of disease-specific lines of cells to
enable scientists to study the development of the disease and investigate
potential treatments and means of prevention;
WHEREAS adult stem cells do not have similar capabilities because they cannot
differentiate into all cell types and cannot reproduce indefinitely;
WHEREAS federally funded research is restricted to twenty-one hESC lines that
are woefully inadequate and contaminated; and
WHEREAS the U. S. Senate has delayed action on S. 471, the Senate version of
the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, passed by the House last year (H.R.
810), which will significantly loosen restrictions on cell lines.
THEREFORE be it resolved that the 2006 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association expresses its support for immediate action in Congress
to complete passage of the Stem Cell Enhancement Act as long as it remains
substantially in accordance with H.R. 810.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the delegates of the 2006 General Assembly of the
Unitarian Universalist Association call upon all member congregations and
individual Unitarian Universalists to:
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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