by Steven Ertelt
January 22, 2008
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life organization in Michigan has launched a new stem cell research educational campaign designed to counteract lawmakers who want Michigan residents to fund embryonic stem cell research. Right to Life of Michigan says such research involves the destruction of human life.
The educational television ads "give a voice for those who are suffering from injury and disease" the group told LifeNews.com in a statement.
The four-week, state-wide television campaign provides personal testimonies from Jim Yates, whose spinal cord was damaged after falling from a horse, and Kathleen Hulst, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Both share their opposition to embryonic stem cell research and human cloning by providing a personal perspective on the contentious debate.
"We have heard from the doctors, researchers and politicians in Michigan who want to pursue embryonic stem cell research and human cloning for their own gains," RLM president Barb Listing told LifeNews.com.
"Now it is time to hear from Michigan individuals who have the most to benefit from research advancements," she said.
Research using stem cells obtained from adults and umbilical cord blood has been used to help thousands of people with various ailments.
At least 70 different diseases or ailments have been treated or helped by the use of adult stem cells including Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries, various forms of leukemia, heart damage and various forms of cancer.
Listing said, We are answering the demand for information on stem cell research."
"With talk of possibly changing the Michigan Constitution to allow the destruction of human embryos and human cloning, we knew it was time to provide the people of Michigan with a life perspective on stem cell research," she said of the need for the campaign.
In addition, Right to Life of Michigan has developed a web site dedicated to stem cell research, https://www.stemcellresearchcures.com.
The web site breaks down what many view as a complicated topic and explains not only the science, but also addresses the reality that some stem cell research results in the killing and cloning of innocent human life.
Related web sites:
Right to Life of Michigan – https://www.rtl.org