Campaign Update 8/23/04


Nationally recognized doctors, scientists, medical associations, disease groups and many others across the state and nation continue to line up behind the YES on Proposition 71 campaign and its efforts to turn the promise of cures into reality.  Our ever-widening coalition now includes tens of thousands of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who care for the estimated 128 million Americans suffering from diseases and injuries that could be treated or cured with stem cell therapies. 

Placing the needs of patients first, the medical community stands firmly committed to saving lives and reducing health care costs by supporting stem cell research through passing Prop 71 this November 2nd.

The National Medical Association, the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients, has enthusiastically voiced its support for the YES on Prop 71 campaign, as has the American Lung Association of California, which strives to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.

Notable New Endorsements

Proposition 71 already has been endorsed by a large number of grassroots supporters that includes Nobel Prize-winning scientists and medical experts, families involved in patient advocacy and efforts to cure diseases, elected officials, and leading business groups across the state.

The following groups have recently joined our coalition:

American College of Cardiology, California Chapter
• Association of Northern California Oncologists
• California Society of Anesthesiologists
• Central Valley Health Network
• Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
• Children’s Oncology Group, California Coalition
• Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
• Marin County Healthcare District
• Medical Oncology Association of Southern California
• Monterey County Medical Association
• National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
• San Francisco Medical Society
• American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologists, District IX

Thousands of leading doctors and researchers have also endorsed YES on 71, including:

• Michael Friedman, MD
President and CEO, City of Hope
Former Acting Commissioner, FDA

• Francine Kaufman, MD
Head, Division of Endocrinology
Childrens Hospital, Los Angeles
Former President, American Diabetes Association

• David Kessler, MD
Dean, School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Chairman of the Board
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

• Henry Klassen, MD, PhD
Director, Stem Cell Research
Children’s Hospital of Orange County

• Leon Thal, MD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neuroscience
Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
University of California, San Diego

Phyllis M. Wise, PhD
Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology
University of California, Davis

Jerome A. Zack, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Associate Director for Basic Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles AIDS Institute

Randall W. Waxey, MD, PhD
President, National Medical Association

Bertram H. Lubin, MD
President, Director of Research
Childrens Hospital Oakland Research Institute
Co-Director, Northern California Sickle Cell Center

Prop 71 is already backed by the California Medical Association, representing over 35,000 physicians, American Nurses of Association of California, California Association for Nurse Practitioners, and many others in the medical field. 

Click Here for a more complete list of members

In The News

California ballot issue seeks funds for research center

“As it has so often in the past, California will break ground this autumn when voters are asked to approve a state-funded, multibillion-dollar facility to conduct embryonic stem cell research. As highlighted by Ron Reagan last week at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, many believe stem cell research holds the potential for dramatic breakthroughs against a plethora of diseases, from juvenile diabetes to Alzheimer's. Reagan is a son of former President Ronald Reagan, who died June 5 in California after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer's…”
Chicago Tribune, August 1, 2004


Reagan: Support stem-cell research
“Jo Rosen founded the Parkinson’s Resource Center with a plan: to lead the organization until doctors found a cure for the disease. Five years, she figured, seven on the outside. Fifteen years later, she and the hundreds of thousands of others affected by the debilitating disease still wait. ‘We live only on hope because there is no cure,’ she said from the organization’s Palm Desert office on Tuesday…President Bush has allowed limited federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, but in recent months, spurred by former first lady Nancy Reagan and calls from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, there has been growing momentum to broaden research and funding. That has carried over to California where Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, qualified for the November ballot. If passed, tax free state bonds would be used to fund stem cell research at California’s medical research facilities…”
The Desert Sun, July 28, 2004


San Jose Mercury News Editorial
“Stem cells hold the ability to multiply and develop into any other type of cell in the body. That makes stem cell research one of the best hopes for better treatments and cures for a variety of diseases and disabilities, including Parkinson's, diabetes, strokes, spinal cord injuries and, to a lesser degree, Alzheimer's…Stem cell research is an example of why the United States is increasingly isolated from the rest of the industrialized world on scientific issues. Federally funded scientists in the United States are limited to working with stem cell lines established before August 2001. Their counterparts in Britain, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, without such restrictions, are believed to be moving closer to medical breakthroughs.  Studies show that 74 percent of Americans and 60 percent of conservatives support advancement of stem cell research. It's past time for President Bush to see the light.
San Jose Mercury News, July 28, 2004


One of the most effective organizing tools in a grassroots campaign like YES on Prop 71 is the letter to the editor.  Submitting a letter to your local newspaper that explains your personal reasons for supporting Prop 71 will help further demonstrate the broad level of support that exists in your community for Prop 71 and stem cell research.  It's simple . . . letters to the editor are typically no more than 250 words and can be submitted via e-mail with the click of a button. 

We need your help to communicate the benefits of Prop 71. 

If you would like to submit a letter, please contact Northern California Volunteer Coordinator Matt Jordan at or Southern California Volunteer Coordinator Lori Yeghiayan at

Join The Coalition: YES On Prop. 71

As public attention to the campaign increases, your involvement becomes even more important. You can help us build an effective coalition of statewide supporters and help carry our messages to every corner of California.
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If you are interested in volunteering at either of our campaign offices (Northern California or Southern California) or at public events across the state, please visit the "Get Involved" section on our website or email for more information. Our volunteer coordinators will be happy to get in touch with you and will keep you up to date on upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Please send this Announcement to your friends, family and colleagues and ask them to join our coalition today. For more information on Proposition 71 the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative - please visit at

Prop 71 is Endorsed by

American Diabetes Association | Michael J. Fox Foundation | American Nurses Association of California | Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation | California Medical Association | Alzheimer's Association, California Council | The Parkinson's Institute The Burnham Institute | American Parkinson’s Disease Association, LA | Californians for Cure | American Society of Hematology | Biotechnology Industry Organization
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce | San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce | Paralysis Project of America | National Brain Tumor Foundation | American Society of Hematology Cure Pulmonary Fibrosis and COPD | American Society for Neural Transplantation & Repair | Auxiliary to the National Medical Association | California Healthcare Institute | California Hepatitis C Task Force | Alliance for Aging Research | Hadassah of America | Project ALS | Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation | Cedars-Sinai Health System | Research! America
Children’s Neurobiological Solutions | ALS Therapy Development Foundation | CuresNow | Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research | Congress of California Seniors | Cure Autism Now | Marin County Healthcare District | Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California Diabetes Research Institute | Endocrine Metabolic Medical Center | Women’s Cancer Research Fund | Student Society for Stem Cell Research | Fair Foundation: Fair Allocations in Research | Friends of Cancer Research | Gray Panthers, California | Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation HealthTech: The Health Technology Center | Hereditary Disease Foundation | CA Church IMPACT
International Society for Stem Cell Research | Prostate Cancer Foundation| Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation | Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation | Stem Cell Action Network | Late Onset Tay-Sachs Foundation | Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.| National Coalition for Cancer Research | The Neuropathy Association | Parkinson’s Action Network | San Francisco Board of Supervisors | Lifepoint Wellness | Stem Cell Research Foundation
Central Valley Health Network | National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations | Gray Panthers, California | Medical Oncology Association of Southern California | Valley Industry and Commerce Association | Women’s Cancer Research Fund

and many more . . .

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