Stay of Execution Granted

Date: 04/18/2002

Washington, D.C. (April 18, 2002) – A group of paraplegics will stage a mock hanging on the Capitol grounds on Thursday April 18 to dramatize to Senators the consequence of a ban on therapeutic cloning for stem cell research. The group believes that while Congress debates this issue, their lives and the lives of millions of Americans are “hanging in the balance.”– Press Release, www.livesinthebalance.com

IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

  THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, through their elected representatives

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Civil Action
STAY OF EXECUTION
THERAPEUTIC CLAIMS FOR HUMAN CLONING

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SUMMARY                  Whereas human cloning has never treated a single human patient; whereas embryonic stem cells have never been successfully derived from cloned human beings; whereas the therapeutic potential of human cloning and embryonic stem cells remains untested, unproven and purely speculative; and whereas adult stem cells and other alternatives are already successfully treating human patients, including patients with Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Heart Disease; IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all patients expecting a “death sentence” in the absence of human cloning are granted a STAY OF EXECUTION by reason of the clinical progress in using adult stem cells and other alternatives as evidenced by the attached, and at www.stemcellresearch.org and www.cloninginformation.org.

Furthermore, based on this evidence, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the “mock hanging” of paraplegic members of the disability community now scheduled to occur on the grounds of the United States Capital on Thursday, April 18, 2002, be permanently stayed and the Brownback-Landrieu Human Cloning Prohibition Act (S. 1899) should be adopted.

SO ORDERED. 

Dated:  April 18, 2002