Fetal Tissue Research
This is tissue. This is not.
An Important Message To Pro-Life Nebraskans:
LB 462, a bill to ban the use of aborted babies for medical research, has been introduced in the 2001 session of the Nebraska Legislature. It was introduced by Senator Dwite Pedersen of Omaha, who vowed to bring this issue back before the Legislature this year after a similar bill lacked the votes to end a filibuster last year.
Nebraska Right to Life and other pro-life groups are making the passage of LB 462 their top legislative priority. A "compromise" bill, LB 304, has been offered by Senator Chris Beutler. We do not support LB 304 as it does nothing to ban the state from using aborted babies for research
As you know, it was revealed in November, 1999 that the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has been using aborted baby brains since 1993 for experimentation into neurological diseases such as AIDS, Alzheimers and Parkinsons. UNMC had been obtaining aborted baby brain tissue from LeRoy Carhart, the Bellevue, Nebraska partial-birth abortionist up until September, 2000. At that time, UNMC found a new provider of aborted brains in the University of Washington at Seattle. It is unclear at this time (Jan. 2001), whether LeRoy Carhart is also still providing aborted baby brains. The following are points are from a summary distributed by Senator Pedersen when he introduced LB 462.
"LB 462 is intended to create a wall of separation between the State of Nebraska and the abortion business. It will prohibit the use of human fetal tissue from an induced abortion by public employees of state or local government or with state or local facilities or funds.
LB 462 will also create a criminal penalty for the buying or selling of human fetal tissue for valuable consideration or solicitation of an abortion for purposes of obtaining tissue.
LB 462 states that the use of human fetal tissue by the state or its instrumentalities has the following impact:
--It creates an entanglement between the state and abortion providers due to the need to develop relationships for a supply of human fetal tissue.
--It makes the state dependent on the existence of future induced abortions to supply human fetal tissue for its use.
--It is contrary to the states longstanding public policy of protecting unborn life whenever possible."
-WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP PASS LB 462 AND GET THE STATE OUT OF THE ABORTED FETAL TISSUE BUSINESS?
**We currently have commitments from a majority of state senators to support the ban. These commitments were either made last year during the debate on the previous ban bill or through their answers on our NRL PAC survey in 2000 regarding the aborted fetal tissue ban question.
**First the bill will have a public hearing and then must be voted out of committee. Once LB 462 hits the floor for full debate, a filibuster by the opposing side will ensue. It takes 33 votes to break a filibuster and we are almost there. We need every vote possible.
**That is why it is so important that every state senator be contacted by his or her pro-life constituents about supporting LB 462.
**Attached are two postcards for you and your spouse or other family member to write a personal note to your senator. Be courteous, write your personal feelings about aborted baby brains being used at UNMC and then ask your senator to please vote for LB 462.
**Write your postcards right away, put 20 cents postage on them and write in the name of your senator on the card. It is already addressed to his or her post office box at the State Capitol. If you dont know who your state senator is; refer to the list of senators with their home addresses (Requires Adobe Reader) and districts or call your county clerk at the courthouse.
**Read the excellent article attached, reprinted from Statepaper.com and written by Greg Schleppenbach, a lobbyist for the Nebraska Catholic Conference. Greg exposes the moral dilemma created when research has no boundaries.
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