Michael J. Fox Blasts More Pro-Life Candidates on Stem Cell Research

Bioethics   Steven Ertelt   Oct 25, 2006   |   9:00AM    WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 25
, 2006

Wheaton, IL (LifeNews.com) — Actor Michael J. Fox is continuing his barrage against pro-life candidates on the issue of stem cell research. A longtime actor who is afflicted with Parkinson’s, Fox has come under fire from pro-life groups and candidates over his misleading ads that claim candidates who oppose embryonic stem cell research oppose all research in general.

Fox campaign in a Chicago-area congressional district on Tuesday to back pro-abortion candidate Tammy Duckworth.

"I’m so excited that we are going to have the kind of leadership that Tammy will provide that will make sure this happens," Fox said about her support for forcing taxpayers to pay for the unproven research.

Duckworth faces pro-life candidate Peter Roskam who was joined at a press conference by a man who was treated with adult stem cells, the only kind to have helped any patients.

"His life has been transformed," Roskam said.

Meanwhile, Fox has continued his line of false ads with another one in Wisconsin that promotes Gov. Jim Doyle, who has been one of the staunchest advocates of making taxpayer pay for research that destroys human life.

"What you decide can affect millions of people — like me, like your family," says Fox. "Please, re-elect Gov. Doyle. For all of us."

Calling himself a "one issue guy," Fox said he was "honored" to help Doyle.

The ad blasts Mark Green for opposing embryonic stem cell research even though he has a $25 million dollar plan to have the state promote adult stem cells.

"His latest ad, which is part of a national smear campaign by Democrats, flat out lies about my record on stem cell research," Green said in a statement. "However, using a celebrity to further Jim Doyle’s false attacks does not make them any more true."

Barbara Lyons, director of Wisconsin Right to Life, said the ads were misleading and preying on voters’ emotions.

"Everyone deeply sympathizes with Fox who has Parkinson’s disease. What we don’t respect is the ‘hype’ and false hope he conveys about embryonic stem cell research," she said.

"There is no cure or even help for humans from this controversial research," said Lyons. "No human being has ever received an embryonic stem cell because they are too dangerous and tend to produce tumors."

Fox has recorded ads in Maryland and Missouri as well.

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