This update from the Family Research Council should be a motivation for you to contact your Snators --
Senate Democrats are holding hostage a bill to expand life-saving research on cord blood stem cells. The bill passed the House 431-1! Basketball great Julius ("Dr. J.") Erving is backing the cord blood bill. So is Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.). One of many diseases cord blood stem cell research can treat is sickle-cell anemia.
The Senate Democrats want to force action on a House-passed bill that would fund experiments on embryonic stem cells. That means human lives would have to be sacrificed for uncertain gains. But the cord blood bill is based on ethical research that affords cures without endangering lives. It has broad support. Even Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)--both supporters of embryonic stem cell experiments--favor this cord blood bill, too.
Please call your U.S. senators. Urge them to back S.1317, the Senate version of the House cord blood bill. Please call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.