What People Are Saying . . .

About Prop 71: the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative . . .

“Passage of The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative will energize vitally needed research, not only for the use of stem cells to cure millions of children and adults but also to reduce the state's burdensome health care costs and boost California's economy.”

Paul Berg, PhD
Professor of Cancer Research, Emeritus
Stanford University Medical Center
Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, 1980

“I strongly endorse the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The federal government is not providing adequate funding for the research needed to develop stem cell therapies. The initiative closes this funding gap, so efforts to find cures for many devastating diseases can move ahead.”

George E. Palade, M.D.
Professor, Emeritus
UCSD School of Medicine
Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, 1974

“Beyond its potential to generate life-saving cures and treatments for some of our most debilitating diseases, Prop 71 includes key fiscal and governance provisions that will protect California’s budget and ensure that the funds are administered in a careful and responsible way.  Prop 71 is carefully designed and includes a unique mechanism to provide royalty revenues back to the state from patents that are developed from the research.”

George Shultz
Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan
September 7, 2004

“The Latino Coalition for a Healthy California recognizes the incredible promise of embryonic stem cell research to cure and treat serious diseases. That promise should start today, and that’s why we enthusiastically support Prop 71.”

Lupe Alonzo Diaz, MPA
Executive Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
September 2, 2004

“Proposition 71 is a compassionate and wise use of our resources.  Not only will it help lead to cures for diseases, but it will also give California taxpayers an opportunity to share in royalties from the research. That will generate thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in new state revenues.”

Melinda Guzman Moore
Chair of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
September 2, 2004

“PPAC supports Prop. 71 because stem cell research offers the potential to cure and treat the mothers, daughters, and sisters of millions of Californians.”

Kathy Kneer
President and CEO
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC)
August 27, 2004

“More than 128 million Americans, including millions of Californians, suffer from diseases or injuries that may one day be cured by stem cell research. These devastating medical conditions affect a child or an adult in nearly one-half of all families. Proposition 71 will provide the much needed funding to make the promise of new cures and treatments a reality.   Not only will Prop 71 save lives, but it will reduce health care costs in the long term and provide a boost to L.A.'s economy, especially in the biotech and medical research community.”

James Hahn, Mayor of Los Angeles
August 18, 2004

“Proposition 71 will give California's research institutions, hospitals, and research laboratories the resources needed to seek cures and treatments for debilitating diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's and heart disease.  My mother has been diagnosed with diabetes, and I certainly want her to receive the best health care possible. Proposition 71 will ensure that my mother and future generations will be helped with the latest in medical treatments that save lives.”

Alex Padilla
President of the Los Angeles City Council
August 18, 2004

“At a time when healthcare costs are skyrocketing, Prop. 71 could significantly reduce state health care costs.  If stem cell research and its associated technologies reduce state health care costs by even one percent, Prop 71 would pay for itself several times over during the following decade.”

Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco
August 18, 2004

“As a result of Proposition 71, California will be able to harness our state's incredible creativity, technology and vision that will change lives for the better. I endorse this measure because it will lead to breakthrough discoveries that will improve the health of our people and strengthen our long-term economic prosperity.”

Ron Gonzales, Mayor of San Jose
August 18, 2004

“I am writing on behalf of California Church IMPACT in support of Proposition 71 that will provide funding and Constitutional protection for stem cell research in California. We represent 1.5 million members of the mainstream and progressive Protestant and Orthodox communities of faith. We are led by strong moral principles in support of health care and thus full access to innovative medical developments. We believe California must allow scientists to pursue avenues of research and doctors to offer all people access to the highest standards of treatment that may improve their general well being and restore them to full participation in our society.”

Reverend Dr. Rick Schlosser
Executive Director
California Church IMPACT
July 2, 2004

“I am the author of the official rabbinic ruling on stem cell research for Judaismís Conservative Movement, approved by its Committee on Jewish Law and Standards on March 13, 2002, and so I can speak here for the entire Conservative Movement...I have reviewed the Initiative, and I find that its procedures meet the highest moral and ethical standards for preserving human safety, privacy, and dignity.

May God bless you in your efforts. I stand ready to help you in any way I can so that we can proceed with embryonic stem-cell research to give us a safe and effective way to test drugs and hopefully to repair damaged tissue and cure diseases in many, many people. Indeed, in my view, since the advent of antibiotics, this is by far the most promising avenue of medical research that we have ever had. The California Initiative will advance this research in a financially effective way.”

Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff
Rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
University of Judaism, Los Angeles
Vice-Chair, Conservative Judaismís
Committee on Jewish Law and Standards
June 27, 2004

"This initiative makes good economic sense. The entire Southern California region is poised to benefit substantially from this measure, given our standing as a hub for top medical and research institutions. With more than 125,000 people employed in biomedical careers in Southern California, earning more than $6.4 billion in wages and salaries and producing exports totaling more than $3.7 billion in 2000, passage of this measure will generate even more economic strength to the region."

George Kieffer
Chair of the Board of Directors
LA Area Chamber of Commerce
June 17, 2004

"This measure gives California the unique opportunity to become a global leader in the development of stem cell therapies, to create new jobs and businesses, and to cure diseases and reduce human suffering. At a time when Californians spend more than $118 billion annually on healthcare expenses, this initiative has the potential to save billions of dollars and to help generate new state revenues from patents and royalties."

Steve Westly
California State Controller
June 17, 2004

"Millions of Americans currently suffering from incurable diseases desperately need the medical advances that stem cell research may provide. This is certainly true for the patients and families dealing with Alzheimer's disease...Stem cells may embody new approaches to this problem by providing powerful models of Alzheimer's biology, and may accelerate the search for and development of new drugs for the treatment of this terrible disease...As a university professor and lifelong scientific investigator, I support the enabling program proposed by the initiative as an effective way to accelerate the development of stem cell technologies for the cure and treatment of disease.

Leon Thal, M.D.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosciences
Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
University of California, San Diego
June 11, 2004

"These tiny [stem] cells hold the gigantic potential to cure devastating illnesses such as Alzheimer's, which ravaged former president Ronald Reagan for 10 years until his death Saturday. Scientists believe stem cells also hold promise in finding treatments for Parkinson's, diabetes and other diseases...California has an initiative on the November ballot that calls for spending $3 billion during the next 10 years to fund research...Freeing researchers from needless restrictions that stymie progress would be a fitting way to remember and honor Ronald Reagan."

USA Today
Editorial, June 8, 2004

"More than 128 million Americans, including millions of Californians, suffer from diseases or injuries that may one day be cured by stem cell research. These devastating medical conditions affect a child or an adult in nearly one-half of all families. The California Stem Cell Initiative provides a beacon of hope for millions of California families who grapple each and every day with some of the most degenerative and debilitating diseases."

Peter Van Etten
President & CEO, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
June 3, 2004

"This initiative is a win-win for California - funding research into debilitating diseases while investing in the California economy to create thousands of new jobs in a groundbreaking field of medical research. This bond proposal represents a smart investment in California's economy and meets the test of long-term fiscal responsibility."

Phil Angelides
California State Treasurer
June 3, 2004

"The passage of the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative will be a clarion call to science. I trust in the people of California to see the merit, and to see the possibility it has for improving their own health and economic environment as well."

Paul Berg, PhD
Professor of Cancer Research, Emeritus
Stanford University Medical Center
Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, 1980
June 3, 2004

"California has the highest health care costs in the nation, and a lot of those costs are from debilitating diseases and injuries. On top of the benefits stem cell research will bring to individual lives and families, this initiative can help cut the state's skyrocketing healthcare costs by developing life-saving treatments and cures and reducing the need for expensive, long-term care."

California State Senator Deborah Ortiz
Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee
June 3, 2004

"Studies show that Latinos, Asians, African-Americans and Native-Americans are more likely to develop diabetes. For these citizens and more than 120 million other children and adults who suffer from currently incurable diseases and injuries...stem cell research holds significant clinical promise and hope for a life free from disease and pain...This initiative is very well prepared and may lead to medical advances that could dramatically reduce human suffering. You can count on my full support."

Mario Obledo
Former California Secretary of Health and Welfare
May 2004

"It is with great pleasure that I convey the endorsement of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) in support of the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative...The officers and Board of CAMR have expressed unanimous support for the adoption of the ballot initiative and subsequent public funding of this important research in California."

Daniel Perry
President, Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research
(CAMR is comprised of 84 nationally recognized patient organizations, universities, scientific societies, foundations and individuals)
May 2004

"The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative is well poised to make a huge difference in these avenues of scientific inquiry, and you can count on my full support as a scientist and private citizen."

Camillo Ricordi, M.D.
Scientific Director, Diabetes Research Institute
May 2004

"[Stem Cell] research embodies the breakthrough medical technology of the 21st century, both for its potential to advance basic scientific knowledge and for its applicability to the treatment of human disease...The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act will close [the] funding gap...for the development of life-saving regenerative medical treatments and cures."

John C. Reed, M.D., PhD
President & CEO, The Burnham Institute
May 2004

"Human stem cell research has the yet unproven potential for major benefits in the treatment of a host of incurable diseases but, without the freedom, opportunity, and funding...that potential will never be tested or realized. The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act will make this research possible..."

Richard Murphy, PhD
President & CEO
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
May 2004

"In California, activists last month submitted 1.1 million signatures - nearly twice as many as necessary - to launch a November ballot measure that would underwrite stem-cell research with $3 billion in state bonds over 10 years...Whatever happens in California is likely to reverberate nationally."

Time Magazine
May 17, 2004

"As the Chief Financial Officer for the State of California and as a citizen concerned about the health of all Californians, I strongly endorse a YES vote on the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. This measure not only offers vast potential to cure diseases and reduce human suffering, it is also designed with strict financial accountability and controls to ensure the financial well-being of the state of California and to boost our state's economy. It has the potential to reduce California's long-term healthcare costs by billions of dollars, and to generate new state revenues from patents and royalties that will benefit our state budget for decades to come. In addition, it gives California a unique opportunity to become a global leader in the development of stem cell therapies, which will reinforce California's biotech sector as a vital economic engine for the future, create more high-wage jobs and foster the establishment of new companies."

Steve Westly
California State Controller
May 11, 2004

"Some California parents are reminding the country what stem-cell research is really all about...Behind the push are families with a loved one afflicted with a serious illness, especially parents of children with juvenile diabetes. This group has power and emotion for the cause. As it should... Californians pushing the initiative are hoping to supply about $300 million each year for 10 years to the biotechnology industry and universities in an effort to use science to do good. And that's the right thing to do."

The Des Moines Register
Editorial, April 8, 2004

"The California ballot drive is the most ambitious plan yet by advocates to chart a course independent of federal policy. The initiative's backers believe California is the only state that can pull off a scientific secession of this magnitude. The state's economy is among the world's six largest, and it is home to 40% of all U.S. biotechnology companies..."

The Wall Street Journal
March 31, 2004

About Stem Cell Research . . .

"If the potential of stem cell research is realized, it would mean an end to the suffering of millions of people – a rescue, a cure...Stem cells could lead to breakthroughs in developing treatments and cures for almost any terminal or catastrophic disease you can think of. This is one of the reasons that support for this work has galvanized a coalition of advocates from just about every patient community in the nation. If stem cell research succeeds, there isn’t a person in the country who won’t benefit, or know somebody who will."

Michael J. Fox
Excerpt from his book, Lucky Man (2002)

"Stem cell research offers great promise. It could be used to develop dramatic new procedures and techniques to reverse degenerative heart disease. For example, it may help generate new, healthy heart tissue, valves and other vital tissues and structures. About 128 million people suffer from diseases that might be cured or treated through stem cell research. About 58 million of these people suffer from cardiovascular disease. Our association is committed to supporting medical and scientific research"

American Heart Association
Policy in support of stem cell research

"Stem cells could replace damaged heart cells or cells destroyed by cancer, offering a new lease on life to those suffering from diseases that once came with a certain death sentence. Stem cells have the power to slow the loss of a grandmother's memory, calm the hand of an uncle with Parkinson's, save a child from a lifetime of daily insulin shots, or permanently lift a best friend from his wheelchair. Chances are that you love someone with such a disease. You may be that someone."

Senator John Kerry
Radio Address, June 12, 2004

"I support stem cell research. I think it is very, very important that the whole nation pulls together on a federal and a state level."

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
ABC News interview, June 10, 2004

"Stem cells are now cutting-edge science with a half-dozen countries bidding for the business. Its boosters have qualified a $3 billion bond measure for research on the California ballot this November. For dramatic effect, the death of Ronald Reagan, stricken with Alzheimer's disease in his final years, has reminded the country of his wife's plea for stem-cell research...Religion shouldn't undercut new science supported by both political parties and the widow of a popular president."

San Francisco Chronicle
Editorial, June 9, 2004

"Stem cells are not the only promising avenue for Alzheimer's researchers, but they offer one of the greatest hopes. Bush's 2001 restrictions on government-funded stem cell research have caused serious setbacks in efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer's and other neurological illnesses such as Parkinson's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease... This week in Washington there was already talk of a Reagan memorial, as well as renewed calls to place his image on currency. A far more fitting tribute to America's 40th president would be if his death could provide the spark of funding, attention and unimpeded scientific progress that eventually leads to a cure for Alzheimer's disease."

Long Beach Press Telegram
Editorial, June 9, 2004

"Stem cells may not be an instant 'cure' for Alzheimer's or Parkinson's or diabetes. But as Nancy Reagan said, 'I just don't see how we can turn our backs on this...We have lost so much time already and I just really can't bear to lose anymore.' This is the final one to win for the Gipper. And his widow."

Ellen Goodman
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Boston Globe, June 8, 2004

"This research should not be treated as a political football. It's a potential breakthrough that could have a huge impact on people's lives."

Michael J. Fox
BusinessWeek magazine, May 24, 2004

"The concern of many opponents of the research has been that stem cells derived from human embryos would potentially destroy life. The fact is that the only human embryos that are used as a basis for stem-cell research are those that would otherwise be discarded from in vitro fertilization clinics. This is not a matter of using a human embryo that has the potential to produce life. Rather, these otherwise discarded embryos have the potential to save lives."

Republican Senator Arlen Specter OpEd in The Forward, May 21, 2004

"There is a possible cure waiting in the wings for people with juvenile diabetes, Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's, heart disease, cancer, as well as spinal-cord injuries. It's called stem-cell research. At the moment things are stalled at research, just short of moving forward to applying the technology and changing millions of lives... When it comes to life and health, and freedom from disease, people will not be deterred. If there is no federal funding, the money will come from other places...People's desire to live healthy, whole lives will prevail in the end. There is a cure out there. We all know it. We will reach past any mere political obstacles to grab onto it and make it a reality."

Patti Davis, daughter of Former President Ronald Reagan
Newsweek Online Edition, May 14, 2004

"Science has presented us with a hope called stem-cell research, which may provide our scientists with answers that have so long been beyond our grasp. I just don't see how we can turn our backs on this - there are just so many diseases that can be cured, or at least helped. We have lost so much time already, and I just really can't bear to lose any more."

Nancy Reagan
Remarks at California benefit supporting stem cell research
May 8, 2004

"Stem cell research offers hope to millions of Americans and their families who are coping with debilitating and deadly diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and also conditions such as spinal cord injuries, arthritis and liver damage...There is great potential for the applications of this research... It would be a great setback for millions of patients with catastrophic medical conditions to prohibit medical research that offers them the possibility of a cure."

California Senator Dianne Feinstein
Press statement
April 28, 2004

"Stem cells have the potential to be used to treat and better understand deadly and disabling diseases that affect more than 100 million Americans, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and many others."

Letter to President Bush, signed by principal authors
Rep. Cal Dooley (D-California) and Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-California) along with over 200 members of Congress
April 28, 2004

"[Stem cell research] is the most promising research in healthcare perhaps in this history of the world and we should not be left behind in this research."

Senator Orin Hatch, (R-Utah)
NPR's Morning Edition
February 13, 2004
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