Nebraska Group Releases 7,000 Petitions Against Embryonic Stem Cell Research
by Steven Ertelt
November 18, 2009
Lincoln, NE (LifeNews.com) — A Nebraska group delivered almost 7,000 petitions from state residents opposing the expansion of embryonic stem cell research. The Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research delivered the petitions to University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Some 6,873 people signed the "No Expansion of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research at the University of Nebraska" petition urging the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to block expansion of human embryonic stem cell research at the college.
Chip Maxwell, executive director of the group, informed LifeNews.com today that five of eight regents are on record opposing embryonic stem cell research because it involves the destruction of human life.
The petition reflects the majority that put those regents in office and the petition with signatures will be on file with the regents at Varner Hall, he said.
The coalition will also deliver to the regents a letter from 255 Nebraska physicians, researchers and medical professionals urging the regents to block expansion of human embryonic stem cell research at the college.
They explain that from a medical research perspective, embryonic stem cell research is not ethical and is not necessary for progress in stem cell research.
The group also will deliver to the regents a chart that shows where Nebraska office holders are on embryonic stem cell research.
"It disproves the assertions that the Nebraska legislature said yes to expansion of embryonic stem cell research by passing LB 606 in 2008, and that the voting public supports it," Maxwell said.
The delivery of the petitions comes after Nebraska Right to Life and other state pro-life groups recently asked the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to revisit its current policy on embryonic stem cell research.
Related web sites:
Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research – https://www.EthicalResearch.net
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