Christian Doctors Tell Senate Not to Back Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 10, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 10
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — A national organization for Christian doctors and physicians says the Senate should not pass a bill would that mandate federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. The group opposes the destruction of human life to advance science and says the bill, S. 5, is scientifically impractical and assaults human dignity.

Dr. David Stevens, the director of the Christian Medical Association, urged senators to vote against the bill saying it wouldn’t yield the promised results.

"By exploiting the relatively few stored human embryos currently considered eligible for research, this bill would result in just a tiny fraction of the stem cell lines from embryos that researchers demand," he told

Stevens says forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research will only open the door to human cloning.

"It’s clear that the ultimate utility of the bill is to further erode respect and protections for human embryos and thus pave the way for creating embryos purely for experiments–including through sperm and egg donation and human cloning," he added.

"Creating human embryos and harvesting their stem cells, ostensibly for disease treatments, is a highly speculative, impractical and unethical proposition," he added.

Human cloning would exploit poor and vulnerable women and subject them to harmful egg collection processes," Dr. Stevens explained.

Stevens also said that spending federal funds on embryonic stem cell research, which has never cured a human patient and had problems in animal research, would "divert precious healthcare funds away from ethical and effective research."

Meanwhile, CMA senior vice president Dr. Gene Rudd said that the Senate should, instead, be promoting embryo adoption to childless couples. He said that would be a better alternative to destroying human embryos leftover from fertility treatments.

"Agencies such as the National Embryo Donation Center stand ready to help couples accomplish this life-honoring dream," he told

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