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Brett Paatsch bpaatsch at bigpond.net.au
Sat Apr 24 01:59:19 UTC 2004

  I thought you'd like to get involved with the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. It's free, it's easy, and it's important. You can sign up for their online newsletter, Bridging the Gap, or their advocacy group, the Christopher Reeve Action Network and receive Action Alerts on upcoming legislation. 
  This is an urgent issue and we would appreciate your signatures! 

  Thank you, 

  Natasha Vita-More

Here's a link the the Action Network


About the Action Network

"I never imagined politics would get in the way of hope." - Christopher Reeve 


Politics has gotten in the way of hope and of health. The desire for 

a better political system (when we can get it) should not constrain

us from working within the existing political systems when there is

an opportunity to add our shoulders to the wheel when that wheel

happens to be poised to roll in a direction that is in the interests of

our health and of the health of our families and friends as well.

If California can get itself a good stem cell and therapeutic cloning 

legislative regime, the rest of American may follow suit. But in either

case, basic research gets done faster when the legislative and political

climate are more conducive to putting more post docs (the discovery

work horses) behind the lab benches. More is learnt and what is learnt

is better able to be commercialised and turned into health products

and services which is good for the local economies where these things

are produced. 

I am not a Californian or an American, but I want lots of competitor

countries pushing for better health products and services, and

more educated voters and politicians, because these things up the

rate of positive change around the globe (if not quite as fast as they

do locally).  The countries or states with the most biotech savvy

voters and politicians will have a competitive advantage (all else

being equal).  

Adding your signature to a petition oriented towards better health

outcomes (a better legislative regime) is something concrete. It need

not be all you do today or ever.  Talking (even talking intelligently

may feel good) but its worth doing something too. Or instead if you

have to choose.


Brett Paatsch
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