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September 2001

 


Senator Jesse Helms Announces Retirement

 
Sen. Helms (R-NC) shown here with fellow pro-life Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Tx.), who is also retiring at the end of 2002. See stories, page 2 and 7.

 


Cloning Ban Not Yet Scheduled

Will Senate Democratic Leader Act to Prevent Human Embryo Farms?

 

Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD)

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Ks.)

WASHINGTON (September 11) The Democratic senators who now hold majority control of the U.S. Senate will largely decide whether or not human cloning is banned in the United States.
On July 31, the House of Representatives passed a bill to ban all human cloning by a 103-vote margin. President Bush supports the bill. But the ban faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Democrats took control on May 24 after Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont abandoned the Republican Party.
"It looks like Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle will have more to say than anyone else in America about whether human embryo farms open for business," commented NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.


SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS UPDATE

By Carol Tobias, NRL PAC Director

Because of retirements, appointments, and deaths, several congressional seats have opened up and special elections are being held to fill the vacancies.
Earlier this year, special elections were held to replace pro-abortion Congressman Julian Dixon (D-Ca.), who had passed away, and pro-life Congressman Bud Shuster (R-Pa.), who had resigned. The election of Diane Watson (D) kept Dixon's seat in pro-abortion hands while Shuster's seat remained pro-life with the victory of his son, Bill Shuster (R).
Pro-lifers won a major victory in June when Randy Forbes defeated a pro-abortion opponent to win the special election in Virginia's 4th District. Forbes replaced the late pro-abortion Rep. Norman Sisisky (D).
Four seats are currently open, with elections underway.

 


 
Pro-life champion Sen. Jesse Helms, shown here receiving his "Proudly Pro-Life Award" from NRLC Executive Director David N. O'Steen, Ph.D. See editorial.

 


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From the President


Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT STEM CELL RESEARCH

On August 9, 2001, President George W. Bush nullified the Clinton administration's guidelines that would have provided federal funds for stem cell research involving the continual destruction of human embryos. President Bush allowed funding only for research on existing stem cell lines because "the life- and-death decision has already been made" in these cases. The embryos from which these cell lines have been derived cannot be brought back to life. Like the millions of aborted children they are victims of the culture of death. We mourn their deaths as we mourn the deaths from abortion, euthanasia and infanticide.

In the speech announcing his decision, President Bush stated "I also believe human life is a sacred gift from our creator. I worry about a culture that devalues life, and believe as your president I have an important obligation to foster and encourage respect for life in America and throughout the world." Did we ever hear such words from President Clinton? And didn't the actions of the Clinton administration for eight long years reflect attitudes totally opposed to the right-to-life cause?


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