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Support the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act
The new 110th Congress brings another significant opportunity to pass federal stem cell legislation and help us move closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis. The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 3 and S. 5) has been introduced and is expected to move quickly through both chambers. In fact, the House has announced its intention to vote on H.R. 3 on January 11.
Now is the time to introduce ourselves to the new Congress and let the members know that MS activists support the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. The more we call and e-mail, the more we can ensure the voices of MS activists are heard.
Call Congress as a constituent, your personal phone call to a member of Congress can make a meaningful impression. Take a moment today to call. Go through the Capitol switchboard at 1-800-828-0498 and ask for your Representative and Senators. When you reach their office, identify yourself and where you are from.
Then use these talking points:
I’m calling to ask for your support of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. Vote yes.
Now is the time to expand the embryonic stem cell lines available for federally funded research and move us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis.
I’m an MS activist, and I urge you to co-sponsor this bill and vote yes to enact this important legislation. The promise of MS research depends on it.
These first few days of Congress will be busy and it is critical that we make a great first impression as an organization. Remember to be polite but firm. You might try several times before your call is answered, and don’t be surprised if your Representative or Senator answers the phone.
Send an E-Mail
If you would prefer to send a brief e-mail, click above to take action. A thoughtful note can add emphasis to other constituent phone calls. In the event that e-mail information for a new member of Congress is not yet available, we encourage you to call instead.
The Society believes that all promising avenues that could lead to the cure or prevention of MS or relieve its most devastating symptoms by repairing MS damage must be explored — including expanding the number of approved embryonic stem cell lines that are available for federally funded research. To help remedy the current federal policy, the Society supports this newly introduced legislation. The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act allows new stem cell lines to be generated from embryos that have been donated for research purposes by people using the services of in vitro fertilization clinics, while establishing important ethical protections.
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We are encouraged that the new Congress has identified federal funding of embryonic stem cell research as a legislative priority, and we feel confident in its broad support with legislators and the public. Be sure to take action today, and thank you for being an MS activist.