Wisconsin Governor Wants Taxpayer Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 16, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Maria Vitale Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
November 16, 2004

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle is reportedly working on a plan to invest more money in the controversial practice of embryonic stem cell research.

Doyle is apparently hoping to compete with California, where voters recently agreed to spend six billion dollars for such research, which involves the killing of human embryos.

Two scientists recently met with Doyle to map out a strategy to promote experimentation with embryos, even though initial trials involving embryonic stem cell research have proven disastrous.

After two decades of research, embryonic stem cells have yet to produce a single treatment. Meanwhile, adult stem cell research has produced more than 120 treatments for patients suffering from various diseases and ailments.

The Governor’s proposal would reportedly also use tax incentives to lure biotech businesses to the Midwestern state.

The director of the University of Wisconsin’s Biotechnology Center, Michael R. Sussman, told the Associated Press that Doyle’s plan would be designed to help the University of Wisconsin-Madison keep the most modern laboratories.

"We threw out a lot of ideas, just exploring how to help the state take advantage of this discovery and take us to the next step," Sussman told the AP. "We’ve been the leaders in this, but other states are really coming to the forefront and putting a lot of money into this."

But critics caution that embryonic stem cell research represents an ethical landmine, since the research involves the destruction of tiny human beings.

On its website, Wisconsin Right to Life states, "To avoid abuse, universal ethical standards for experimentation on human subjects have long been accepted: the person experimented upon must give consent, and there must be some benefit to the individual undergoing the experiment. Obviously, there is no benefit to the embryo who is killed, nor is the embryo capable of giving consent."

Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.wrtl.org