Thursday, July 10, 2008

Text of Americans for Cures Email and Links to Its Position

Here is a partial text of the email message from the Americans for Cures campaign against SB 1565, minus much of its html coding.

Here also are links to Cures' one-page analysis of the bill and its full analysis, its home page pitch on SB 1565 and other material.

Subject: Action Alert: Last Chance to Stop Restrictions on Research

We need you to take a few minutes to help save the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and embryonic stem cell research in California.  This is under siege right now in the state legislature.  A few weeks ago, we failed to stop Senate Bill 1565 (Kuehl-Runner).  The bill was passed by the Senate, and has now also passed through two Assembly Committees: Health and Judiciary. The final step before a floor vote is a hearing in the Assembly Appropriations Committee (contact information below). We need you to act now and ask for a NO vote on SB 1565. Here's how:
1.Please call the Appropriations Committee at (916) 319-2081 and fax the Committee at (916) 319-2181.
2.Please email us to add your name to our listof those who oppose SB 1565.
3.Please call/fax/write as many of the Committee Members as you can.
4.Please call/fax/write your own Assembly Member. (To find your Assembly Member or State Senator, please click here and enter your address.)
5.Please see below for a script/sample email.

The Appropriations Committee will hear the bill on July 16, and so we need your help right now. If you live near Sacramento, please consider joining us in person to stand up for this research. (Let us know if you can be there we'll keep you updated on time and place.)

Over seven million voters expressed a desire to fund embryonic stem cell research when they passed Proposition 71. SB 1565 would remove the built-in preference for embryonic stem cell research - directly contradicting the will of Californians.

We passionately support the goal of healthcare that is accessible and affordable to all Californians. However, this bill will discourage private industry from developing therapies and cures. Currently, the law allows the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to provide companies with additional incentives to develop therapies for "orphan" diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Lou Gehrig's disease. SB 1565 will eliminate these incentives, making it financially unfeasible for companies to pursue therapies for rare diseases. SB 1565 abandons these patients and their families.  
  
If SB 1565 passes, entrepreneurs and private capital will likely remain on the sidelines in the fight for cures. That means a delay in developing cures and therapies; even worse, therapies for some conditions may never be developed.  
  
Opposing SB 1565 keeps therapy development on the fastest track for cures.  
Opposing SB 1565 is the best vote for taxpayers because new therapies can reduce direct and indirect economic costs.  
Opposing SB 1565 is the best vote for families and patients who suffer every day from devastating chronic conditions.  

We must accelerate investment in CIRM technologies for the benefit of everyone. And that is why we need you to call now.
 
1.Please call the Appropriations Committee at (916) 319-2081 and fax the Committee at (916) 319-2181.
2.Please email us to add your name to our list of those who oppose SB 1565.
3.Please call/fax/write as many of the Committee Members as you can.
4.Please call/fax/write your own Assembly Member. (To find your Assembly Member or State Senator,  please click here and enter your address.)
5.Ask your friends and family to do the same.
6.After you have done your best to stop SB1565, please let us know what you were able to accomplish. (inform@americansforcures.org)

Thank you for being on the frontlines in the fight for cures.
  

Warm regards,
Amy & Constance
  

For a full analysis of the bill and its negative impacts, please click here .
  

Sample Script/Email:
 

Hello, my name is ______________, and I live in ____, CA.  I am calling/writing to urge Assembly Member __________ to oppose Senate Bill 1565 in the Appropriations Committee and on the floor.  SB 1565 will remove CIRM's funding preference for embryonic stem cell research and will delay the development of emerging medical treatments that have the potential to help millions of Californians and people around the globe.  SB 1565 will price-fix technologies not yet in existence. It will discourage investment in vital stem cell research and cures.  We must stay on track to develop these lifesaving treatments, and for that, I am asking for your NO vote on SB 1565.  Thank you.  
  


Assembly Committee on Appropriations
      
  Committee Members   District   Phone   Fax   E-mail   
  
  Mark Leno - Chair     Dem-13   (916) 319-2013   (916) 319-2113     Assemblymember.leno@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Mimi Walters - Vice Chair     Rep-73   916) 319-2073   (916) 319-2173     Assemblymember.walters@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Anna M. Caballero     Dem-28   (916) 319-2028   (916) 319-2128     Assemblymember.Caballero@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Mike Davis     Dem-48   (916) 319-2048   (916) 319-2148     Assemblymember.Davis@assembly.ca.gov    
  
  Mark DeSaulnier     Dem-11   (916) 319-2011   (916) 319-2111     Assemblymember.DeSaulnier@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Bill Emmerson     Rep-63   (916) 319-2063   (916)319-2163   Assemblymember.emmerson@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Warren T. Furutani     Dem-55   (916) 319-2055   (916) 319-2155     Assemblymember.Furutani@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Jared Huffman     Dem-6   (916) 319-2006   (916) 319-2106     Assemblymember.Huffman@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Betty Karnette     Dem-54   (916) 319-2054   (916) 319-2154   Assemblymember.Karnette@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Paul Krekorian     Dem-43   (916) 319-2043   (916) 319-2143   Assemblymember.Krekorian@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Doug La Malfa     Rep-2   (916) 319-2002   (916) 319-2102     Assemblymember.lamalfa@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Ted W. Lieu     Dem-53   (916) 319-2053   (916) 319-2153     Assemblymember.Lieu@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Fiona Ma     Dem-12   (916) 319-2012   (916) 319-2112   Assemblymember.Ma@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Alan Nakanishi     Rep-10   (916) 319-2010   (916) 319-2110   Assemblymember.nakanishi@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Pedro Nava     Dem-35   (916) 319-2035   (916) 319-2135     Assemblymember.nava@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Sharon Runner     Rep-36   (916) 319-2036   (916) 319-2136     Assemblywoman.Runner@assembly.ca.gov   
  
  Jose Solorio     Dem-69   (916) 319-2069   (916) 319-2169   Assemblymember.solorio@assembly.ca.gov     


 
       
  Authors   District   Phone   Fax   E-mail   
  Senator Sheila Kuehl     Dem-23   (916) 651-4023   (916) 324-4823   senator.kuehl@sen.ca.gov   
  Senator George Runner     Rep-17   (916) 651-4017   (916) 445-4662   Via website: http://cssrc.us/web/17/contact_us.aspxhttp://cssrc.us/web/17/contact_us.aspx
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