SCR 6 – AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

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2006 SESSION

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 6

A RESOLUTION urging Congress to support embryonic stem cell research.

SPONSORS: Sen. Estabrook, Dist 21; Sen. Hassan, Dist 23; Sen. Burling, Dist 5; Sen. Larsen, Dist 15; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 24; Rep. Hammond, Graf 11; Rep. Pilliod, Belk 5; Rep. Sokol, Graf 9; Rep. Buxton, Rock 10; Rep. Wall, Straf 7

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This senate concurrent resolution urges Congress to support embryonic stem cell research.

03/16/06 1420s

19Apr2006… 1725h

06-2792

01/10

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Six

A RESOLUTION urging Congress to support embryonic stem cell research.

Whereas, an estimated 128,000,000 Americans suffer from the crippling physical, economic, and psychological burdens of chronic, degenerative, and acute diseases, including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease; and

Whereas, chronic, degenerative, and acute diseases result in extreme human loss and suffering for those who suffer from them and their families and caregivers, and result in hundreds of billions of dollars annually in medical treatment and lost productivity costs; and

Whereas, embryonic stem cell research offers immense promise for developing new medical therapies for these debilitating diseases and is a critical means to explore the fundamental questions of biology and could lead to improved treatments and potential cures for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injuries, burns, cancer, heart disease, and other diseases; and

Whereas, federal funding of embryonic stem cell research should be limited to eggs fertilized in a state or federal certified in vitro fertilization clinic and only for the express purpose of reproduction; and

Whereas, such embryos typically 4 to 5 days old which have been determined by written consent and without any financial inducement by both the egg and sperm donor to never be implanted or authorized to be implanted in any woman would otherwise be discarded as medical waste; and

Whereas, the United States has historically taken a leading role in funding biomedical research and has been a haven for open scientific inquiry and technological innovation, and, as a result, is the preeminent world leader in biomedicine and biotechnology; now, therefore, be it:

Resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:

That the New Hampshire general court hereby urges Congress to support embryonic stem cell research; and

That copies of this resolution be sent by the senate clerk to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the President of the United States Senate, and the New Hampshire congressional delegation.