by Steven Ertelt
March 2, 2007
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in the state of New York are asking legislators there to defeat a bill that would force taxpayers there to spend $2.1 billion on stem cell research. That’s because the bulk of the proposal, championed by pro-abortion Gov. Eliot Spitzer, would go towards embryonic stem cell research which destroys human life.
Richard Barnes, the director of the New York Catholic Conference, appeared at a hearing the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee jointly held Wednesday.
"The governor’s stem-cell research proposal is devoid of any moral consideration whatsoever for the living human embryos who will be subject to experimentation and destruction," he said according to a Catholic News Service report.
Given the fact that other economic needs are not being met, Barnes said the bill was fiscally irresponsible.
"New York is a state already deeply in debt, a state where millions of people continue to go without access to basic health insurance, and a state with its health care system in the midst of dramatic restructuring and downsizing," CNS reported Barnes saying.
"It is simply not the time or the place to be investing billions of dollars in the highly speculative science of embryonic stem-cell research," he added.
Under the governor’s bill the state would spend $100 million immediately for stem cell research and then add $50 million a year over the next 10 years. Voters would be required to approve $1.5 billion in bonds to raise money for the research.