Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Today's Daily Brief: Stem Cell Debate

1. Kerry Tells Senate Embryonic Cells 'Cured' Mouse, but . . .
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2007, to urge the Senate to pass the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

- During Wednesday's Senate debate on stem cell therapy, Sen. John Kerry cited research in Massachusetts which he said had used embryonic stem cells to "cure" a mouse -- but the mouse wasn't cured, and the research he referred to fell far short of the scores of treatments already being carried out using non- controversial "adult" stem cells.

• Ask that TRUTH and LIGHT be brought forth during this critical debate, to dispel DECEPTION and DARKNESS. Pray that every member of the United States Senate would cast his or her vote on S. 5 based upon the facts of this research, rather than upon fiction. • "And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:5)

Note: The House and Senate both passed such a bill in the last Congress. However, President Bush vetoed the bill, and the House upheld the veto. Please pray about this vote. Pray that if this bill passes both Houses, that President Bush would again veto it, and that such a veto would be upheld. The toll free number for the Capitol Switchboard is 1-877-762-8762. Please call and urge your senators to vote against S. 5.

2. Activists Wrangle Over Competing Stem Cell Bills -

The Senate Tuesday began debating two competing bills, both seeking increased federal funding for stem cell research but with profound differences over the type of research that should be promoted. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and others, including some Republicans, are pushing for passage of S.5, the "Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act," which would require federal funding for stem cell research using early-stage human embryos. A competing bill, S.30, the "Hope Offered Through Principled and Ethical Stem Cell Research Act," would promote the derivation of stem cells "without the destruction or discarding of, or risk of injury to, a human embryo or embryos other than those that are naturally dead." S. 30 would also investigate stem cells derived from the tissues of donors, umbilical cord blood, amniotic fluid, placentas and other non-embryonic sources.

• Jehovah Jireh, You are the God who provides relief from all unrighteousness. We humbly pray that You will unequivocally show the sanctity of life to those who would defile it with frivolous experimental research. We pray that not one more life be taken for Embryonic stem cell research! • "The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death." (Proverbs 14: 27 NKJV)

3. White House Reaction to Stem Cell Bills -

The White House supports S. 30 but said in a statement it "strongly opposes Senate passage of S. 5, which would use federal taxpayer dollars to support and encourage the destruction of human life for research.

"The bill would compel all American taxpayers to pay for research that relies on the intentional destruction of human embryos for the derivation of stem cells, overturning the president's policy that funds research without promoting such ongoing destruction," said a White House statement. It reiterated President Bush's pledge to veto the bill if it passes.

• Pray that President Bush be granted WISDOM and STRENGTH in responding to both of these bills. Ask that his heart be turned towards righteousness, so that no "stealth maneuver," legislating death through this research, would be legalized by EITHER S. 5 OR S. 30. • "The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1)

4. Republican Physician Hails Another Success Involving Adult Stem Cells - ( -

As the Senate focuses on research involving embryonic stem cells, there's another success to report in the field of adult stem cell therapy, which does not depend on embryo destruction.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a study on Tuesday showing that 14 out of 15 juvenile diabetes patients showed significant improvement following therapy involving adult stem cells.

Rep. Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-Fla.) said the study is significant because it marks the first attempt at using stem cells of any kind to reverse the effects of Type I (juvenile) diabetes in humans. Although the study is preliminary, it's also very promising, Weldon said. He noted that 14 of the patients remain insulin-free, and one has gone 34 months without insulin injections.

"It's very important that the public be told what this is: an adult stem cell success, not the much-touted embryo stem cell research," Weldon said in a news release.

• Once again, solid medical research is proving that the use of adult stem cells is successful in treating disease, while the use of embryonic stem cells has NEVER been proven to be a success! Praise God that this report has been released at this time. Ask our Lord to use this weapon of TRUTH to change the minds and hearts of those who are now voting on both stem cell bills in the Senate. • "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

5. Bush Rips 'Political' War-Funding Bill - Washington Times; International Herald Tribune

President George W. Bush delivered a stern lecture to Democratic congressional leaders Tuesday, asserting that they were being irresponsible in not passing an Iraq-Afghanistan supplemental-financing bill to his liking. He accused Democrats of playing politics with an emergency war funding bill and called congressional leaders to the White House next week to discuss the impasse.

• May the pridefulness of the Democrats be stopped and a Godly basis for understanding between the executive and legislative branches as well as both poliitical parties; be established for Your Glory! • "Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished." (Proverbs 16: 5 NKJV)

6. Democrats Refuse Bush's Invitation to Discuss War Funding Bill -CBN News, Wall Street Journal and CNS

Work with us on the Iraq war," Democrats are telling President Bush. "Come to the White House and we'll talk," President Bush is telling Democrats. But unfortunately, it looks like it's not going to happen. President Bush invited congressional leaders to the White House to settle the standoff on an emergency war funding bill, but Democrats immediately snubbed the invitation. 'At this meeting, the leaders in Congress can report on progress on getting an emergency spending bill to my desk,' Mr. Bush said. 'We can discuss the way forward on a bill that is a clean bill, a bill that funds our troops without artificial timetables for withdrawal and without handcuffing our generals on the ground. I'm hopeful we'll see some results soon from the Congress.'"

• This impasse' between our President and Congress must be covered in The Blood Of Jesus Christ! May our nation and troops be saved for Your Glory, dear God! • "There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it." (Proverbs 21: 20 NKJV)

7. U.S. To North Korea: Time Running Out On Nuclear Disarmament Deal - Fox News

North Korea is running out of time to start dismantling its nuclear weapons program before a weekend deadline, a top White House adviser told North Korean officials Tuesday during a rare visit to Pyongyang. Meanwhile, U.S. officials asserted they had resolved a separate financial dispute that has stymied progress in the arms talks, but it was unclear how the North would respond. The U.S. Treasury Department said authorities in the Chinese- administered region of Macau are prepared to unblock frozen funds that North Korea says are the reason it has refused to move forward on a Feb. 13 disarmament agreement. Top U.S. nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill expressed hope that the move would allow North Korea to meet Saturday's deadline.

• When a nation only reveres money as its god, how can they prosper? May North Korea and her leadership be redeemed unto You dear God! • "You turn man to destruction, and say, "Return, O children of men. So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90: 3 & 12 NKJV)