by Maria Vitale
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
March 28, 2006
Springfiled, IL (LifeNews.com) — A group opposed to embryonic stem cell research had to change its website, after a coalition backing such research claimed its work had been illegally copied.
Following the complaint, U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner issued an injunction against the Elliot Institute for Social Sciences Research. The judge ordered the website shut down, but the site is up and running now, after changes were made to its appearance.
The judge wrote, “Even a cursory examination of the two Web sites at issue shows that the (Elliot) Institute simply copied the look and feel of (the coalition’s) Web site, even to the extent of using the exact same pictures in the exact same layout on each page.”
In an Associated Press article, David Reardon, Elliot Institute director, was quoted as saying, “This debate is about cloning. The similarities in the web sites were political commentary about cloning and the similarities and differences between our initiative petition and theirs. But ours goes beyond cloning to the issue of human engineering."
The Institute had been sued by the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, which wants to push for embryonic stem cell research—even though such research has raised ethical concerns and has not resulted in a single successful treatment. The coalition is gathering signatures for a statewide initiative promoting embryonic stem cell research.
Reardon is concerned that scientists need to be prevented from mixing human genetic material with that of other animals to create human-animal hybrids. That’s why the Institute is promoting a ballot initiative in Missouri called, “Regulation of Human-Animal Crossbreeds, Cloning, Transhumanism and Human Engineering is Reserved to the People.”
The Institute’s website states, “Modern eugenicists and transhumanists, including many leading scientists, want to use the tools of biotechnology to forever change humankind. They want to change not just our society, but our biology.
“While they prefer to talk about the goal of ending disease, their ultimate goal is to create ‘better people.’ Using the science of genetics, they envision creating new human races…”
Reardon, a noted bioethicist, said that the Elliot Institute’s initiative would get the “loose cannons” in bioengineering under control. He says that those “loose cannons” include those who want to create human-animal hybrids, “super-babies,” and deliberately brain-damaged babies to use as organ donors.
Elliot Institute – https://www.elliotinstitute.org