Alcor News Bulletin
               Number 22 February 22nd 2004


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     First Words Special Edition, Read Immediately!

Please read the following and respond as best you can. We
are grateful for your contributions, which could affect the
future of us all.--Mike Perry


February 22, 2004

To All Alcor Members,

We need your help! As you may have heard, Alcor is currently
engaged in a serious legislative matter. Representative Bob
Stump has introduced a bill to the Arizona House of
Representatives that proposes to regulate cryonics. HB 2637
(embalmers; funeral establishments; storing remains)
proposes cryonics be regulated under the Funeral and
Embalmer's Board and that Alcor's use of the Uniform
Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) be stripped.

Up until now, we have focused on getting Alcor members who
live in Arizona to contact their district representatives
and urge them to vote against this bill. Now we need all of
our members to contact the members of the Health Committee
and let them know how dangerous this bill is to your
survival no matter what state you live in.

Although fifty legislators signed on as co-sponsors, we are
finding as we contact them one by one that the support for
this legislation may be a mile wide, but it is only an inch
deep. Most of the co-sponsors with whom we've spoken are
saying that they did it as a favor to the sponsor,
Representative Stump, and would likely vote against it in
its current form in committee or on the floor. We need your
help to ensure this likelihood becomes reality.

Attached is the one-page briefing paper that we've been
distributing to the Arizona Legislature in Word format or in
PDF format. Or you can link to the following web address
http//www.alcor.org/legislativealert.html to find the

Please choose a few of the talking points listed at the end
of this letter which are most significant to you personally,
and contact the members of the House Health Committee by
fax, email and phone and urge them to vote against HB 2637
regarding embalmers; funeral establishments; storing
remains. Our hearing is scheduled for Thursday, February 26,
2004 at 900 am, so it's imperative that you contact them

Read below for examples of things to say.

The House Health Committee members are listed below. Any of
them can be reached through the toll-free number for the
Arizona Capitol, 1-800-352-8404.


      Chair - Deb Gullett
     Fax 602-417-3011, phone 602-926-5766, email

      Vice-Chair - Bob Stump (be polite!)
     Fax 602-417-3109, phone 602-926-5413, email

      Philip J. Hanson
     Fax 602-417-3009, phone 602-926-3255, email

      Bill Konopnicki
     Fax 602-417-3105, phone 602-926-5409, email

      Colette Rosati
     Fax 602-417-3108, phone 602-926-5169, email

      Bill Arnold
     Fax 602-417-3012, phone 602-926-5894, email

      Mark Thompson
     Fax 602-417-3117, phone 602-926-4225, email

      Warde Nichols
     Fax 602-417-3021, phone 602-926-5168, email


      Cheryl Chase
     Fax 602-417-3123, phone 602-926-5030, email

      Phil Lopes
     Fax 602-417-3127, phone 602-926-3278, email

      David Bradley
     Fax 602-417-3028, phone 602-926-3300, email

      Linda Lopez
     Fax 602-417-3029, phone 602-926-4089, email

If you receive a response from any of the legislators,
please let us know immediately.

In the most polite and non-confrontational but firm way here
is what you should say when you contact the legislators

 Give them your brief credentials. It helps significantly
if you are a registered voter in their district, and mention
also that you are a doctor or researcher who works with our
organization; you are an employee or a member of Alcor, or
you are a family member of an Alcor patient - in other words
what your direct connection is.

 Thank them for their time and consideration.

 This bill is a solution without a problem. That no one has
identified the public health or public safety reason for
this proposed legislation.

 This bill would have the likely effect of eliminating our
ability to continue performing cryopreservation procedures
and research in Arizona.

 Alcor was not invited to participate in the dialogue about
this proposal until the very last minute and had virtually
no input into the development of this legislation.

 Finally ask them if they will please vote against the bill
(if you are talking to a secretary or legislative assistant
ask them to have the legislator get back to you with how
they will vote).

If you have questions about the legislative processes or
this appeal, you are encouraged to contact our lobbyist,
Barry M. Aarons, or his staff members Jennifer Clark and
Christen DuRoss at 331 North First Avenue, Suite #250,
Phoenix, Arizona 85003; phone 602-253-1821 Fax 602-452-
2929; email aarons123

Representative Stump is moving quickly, hoping to have this
bill passed into law before we are able to react. We need
your help to ensure this bill gets killed before it has the
chance to damage the quality of care we provide to our
membership. Please help us defeat this bill.


Joseph A. Waynick


Talking Points
HB 2637 [embalmers; funeral establishments; storing remains]

 The sunrise process was not followed, and Alcor was not
notified of the stakeholder meetings even though we are the
target for which the proposed legislation was drafted;

 Alcor is not necessarily opposed to regulation, but we
oppose bill HB 2637, which mandates that Alcor be regulated
by hostile parties with no understanding of what we do, and
which does not respect the rights of Alcor members;

 Alcor does not engage in the practice of embalming. The
protocols and solutions used have no relevant similarities
to the procedures and solutions used in the funeral
industry. To the contrary, the protocols and solutions used
for cryopreservation are similar to those used in medicine
and organ transplant procedures;

 We employ a highly skilled neurosurgeon to perform our
surgery, and the use of an embalmer would represent a
significant reduction in the quality of care we dispense to
our members;

 The training for embalmers does not supply them with any
understanding of cryopreservation procedures or the
requirements for proper storage of cryopreserved patients.
Cryopreservation procedures are much more complex than
embalming procedures, and many of the requirements are

 Our cryopreservation procedures are an application of
experimental research protocols that are held to high
medical standards, rather than cosmetic preservation the
likes of which are carried out by funerary establishments;

 Our doors have always been wide open. In addition,
multiple authorities regularly scrutinize our legal, health
and safety standards. Our practices, protocols and
procedures are described in great detail on our website, in
the printed literature we provide to our members and to the
public, and have been publicly discussed on numerous
occasions to audiences worldwide for the past 32 years;

 All members of the legislature are invited to visit our
facility in Scottsdale for a tour of our operations at any
time that is convenient to them. We also conduct tours for
the general public four times each week, on Tuesdays and
Fridays at 1000 am and 200 pm;

 The five year storage time limit imposed by this bill will
not only impact cryonics organizations, but can also be
applied to museums, medical schools, organ banks, fertility
centers, universities or even a skeleton kept for more than
five years in a high school classroom;

 To regulate a scientific process like cryonics, you need
to suppose that a set of standards exists; that regulatory
officials will have access to experts familiar with those
standards; and that those standards have been communicated
to all related organizations;

 Alcor is engaged in progressive scientific and medical
research under the guidance of scientific and medical
advisory boards composed of highly skilled licensed Medical
Doctors, PhD's and renowned research scientists. No such
skill level exists on the Funeral Board;

 Revoking our access to the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
(UAGA) will severely compromise our ability to rescue our
patients outside the state of Arizona in a timely fashion,
thereby rendering our procedures nearly useless;

 The Funeral Board feels it is necessary to revoke Alcor's
access to the UAGA. Amending the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
(UAGA) in this non-uniform way removes the right of citizens
in Arizona to designate a particular hospital, physician, or
surgeon to carry out appropriate procedures in accordance
with their wishes as specified by the UAGA. This is not just
a regulation issue. It is a human rights issue involving the
right of human beings to self-determination regarding their
own fate in a matter that many people (and certainly our
members) consider of prime personal importance;

 Oversight should not be undertaken by an agency that is
openly hostile to our mission, objectives and operations.
Arizona Funeral Board Director Rudy Thomas was quoted by
author Richard Sandomir as saying, "These companies need to
be regulated or deregulated out of business." (New York
Times, 14 Oct 2003);

 Alcor members are willing volunteers for an experimental
procedure for which they make an informed decision years or
many times decades in advance of when our services are
needed. We make no guarantees that the procedure will work.
No government agency should have the right to interfere with
the self-determination rights of an individual to choose to
donate their body to a research organization for the purpose
of cryopreservation;

 There have been no consumer complaints about our
procedures in our 32-year history. The only contention about
our operation since our inception has been, on two
occasions, squabbles between family members over the concept
of cryonics;

 Alcor Life Extension Foundation is an asset to the State
of Arizona as a responsible organization engaged in
progressive medical and scientific research. Unlike the
mission of the Funeral Board, our mission is the
preservation of individual human life;

 There is no prohibition in Arizona statutes against an
organization receiving reasonable payment for the removal,
processing, disposal, preservation, quality control, storage
and transportation of an anatomical donation for the
purposes of scientific research;

 We object to the faulty reasoning for introducing such
hasty regulation. Regulation requires the demonstration of
public need; protection of the public from health and safety
hazards; consumer protection from unfair competition, and
consumer protection from predatory pricing. Furthermore, to
regulate a scientific process like cryonics, you need to
suppose that a set of standards exists; that regulatory
officials will have access to experts familiar with those
standards; and that those standards have been communicated
to all related organizations. None of these criteria have
been suggested to exist;

 It is the desire to make cryonics work that has motivated
some of the most innovative work in the field of organ
preservation. It has also been a factor (lesser, but perhaps
significant) in the financing and research in
nanotechnology. Alcor is contributing to the world in
several significant ways;

 The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act was created as a mechanism
for people who wish to donate their bodies or organs for
transplant or research. For the first time in history, the
Arizona legislature is being asked to restrict this
fundamental human right of terminal patients. This would set
an extremely serious precedent, which is contrary to the
intentions of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and could
result in Arizona being portrayed as a state which may not
honor the wishes of people who are terminally ill. Research
and educational institutions, which rely on the UAGA, may
wonder if "they are next" and may feel tempted to relocate
out of state. Medical institutions will have to study
complex legislation in an effort to determine how it may
apply to them;

None of this is necessary. The supposed problem which the
bill addresses does not exist. Alcor Foundation uses
procedures that are intended for optimal preservation of the
human brain. These procedures have been mischaracterized and
sensationalized in the press, because of actions by a
disgruntled employee. Nevertheless, all details of the
procedures themselves are thoroughly documented and freely

End of Alcor News bulletin #22 dated February 22nd, 2004.
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