by Steven Ertelt
October 11, 2005
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life groups in Ohio are mounting opposition to a biotechnology initiative sponsored by Gov. Robert Taft because some of the money in it would be used to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Taft has promised an executive order to make sure no funds are used for new research but it would be used for embryonic stem cells already taken from unborn children who were destroyed.
The ballot initiative that would allow the state government to borrow $2 billion for a public works and technology package that includes funding for stem cell research.
The Christian Coalition of Ohio, Cincinnati Right to Life and other pro-life groups are joining the coalition to urge no votes on the ballot initiative, called Issue 1. It’s one of five Ohio voters will consider in November.
If the groups can develop a strong opposition to the measure, it could fail to be approved by voters in much the same manner the Third Frontier ballot proposal failed 51 percent to 49 percent two years ago. That was after a $2.8 million effort to pass it.
Taft vetoed a ban on using state dollars for embryonic stem cell research in June, much to the chagrin of pro-life advocates. However, he said in August he would make sure the money didn’t support new embryonic stem cell research conducted after that point.
Pro-life groups worry that taxpayer money will be used eventually because the order expires at the end of Taft’s term.
Initial trials using embryonic stem cells have proven disastrous. In one case, for instance, Parkinson’s patients who were injected with embryonic stem cells ended up growing hair in their brains.
Adult stem cell research has proven to be far more promising, offering treatments for everything from heart disease to breast cancer.
Related web sites:
Ohio Right to Life – https://www.ohiolife.org