For Immediate Release
August 27, 2004
Top Women’s and Women’s Health Groups Endorse Proposition 71
Key National and California Women’s Leaders Join Push to Fund Life-Saving Research
(Los Angeles, CA) — Supporters of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the endorsements of many of the nation’s and state’s foremost women’s and women’s health organizations. Prop 71 would provide funds needed for the development of lifesaving therapies and cures for diseases that could save the lives of millions of California children and adults, reduce state health care costs and provide a boost to regional economies and the state at large.
Among the endorsing women’s and women’s health organizations:
· American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX
· American Society for Reproductive Medicine
· California NOW
· Feminist Majority Foundation
· National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
· Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC)
· Women For:
Kathy Kneer, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of
California (PPAC) said, "Placing politics before good science
has created a critical gap between the funds available for stem cell
research and the funds that researchers need. Prop 71 will provide
vital support to develop therapies for diseases such as diabetes, cancer,
heart disease, HIV/AIDS and other conditions, while also establishing
guidelines to protect patient rights and privacy."
The women’s and women’s health groups are members of a broad and diverse coalition of grassroots supporters including Nobel Prize-winning scientists and medical experts, state and local elected officials, faith-based organizations, families involved in patient advocacy and efforts to cure diseases, and organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association California Council, California Medical Association, American Nurses Association of California, American Diabetes Association, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, ALS Therapy Development Foundation, Parkinson’s Action Network, California Congress of Seniors, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and the National Coalition for Cancer Research. A complete list of endorsing organizations can be found on the campaign’s website, www.YesOn71.com.
Supporters of Prop 71 also include many of California’s most prominent female scientists and elected leaders. Medical experts widely agree that stem cell research holds promise to treat conditions for which women are particularly susceptible, including certain types of cancer, as well as HIV/AIDS.
"PPAC supports Prop. 71 because stem cell research offers the potential to cure and treat the mothers, daughters, and sisters of millions of Californians," said Kneer.
In addition to its potential to save lives and reduce health care
costs, Prop. 71 invests in California’s local economies and provides
a much-needed economic boost throughout the state. Under Proposition
71, California will benefit from patents and royalties that result
from the research and tax revenues generated by new construction and
research jobs, and the initiative will allow California to remain as
an unparalleled site for scientific research.
Proposition 71 was developed by a coalition of California families and medical experts determined to close the stem cell research funding gap. Currently, our state has no effective mechanism to fund stem cell research and political roadblocks have severely limited federal funding for some of the most promising types of stem cell research.
More information on Proposition 71 can be obtained at www.YesOn71.com.