Dear Senator Coleman,
I am writing to say thank you for the recent announcement of your intention to introduce legislation which will broaden the embryonic stem cell lines available to researchers for federal funding. I must admit I was shocked to hear about it, but pleasantly surprised as well. And to have it followed by Senator Bill Frist's endorsement of legislation to further expand federal funding, I truly felt as though I must be dreaming. Both are a most welcome turn of events, especially now as my disease (ALS) continues to wage war on my body.
While many of us would like to see all limitations removed completely, I am most impressed by yours and Senator Frist's willingness to compromise on this extremely complex and divisive issue. Indeed, given today's political climate and the seeming stalemate between Democrats and Republicans, to many of us it seems as if a miracle has happened. Appropriate perhaps, given the miracles we all seek from the potential within stem cell research.
I look forward to following these developments over the next several months. For now, please accept a most heartfelt thank you, and know that you have given millions of Americans new hope.