Pro-Life Group to Educate World Stem Cell Summit Attendees on Adult Stem Cells

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 28, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group to Educate World Stem Cell Summit Attendees on Adult Stem Cells

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 28
, 2010

Detroit, MI (LifeNews.com) — When scientists, physicians and members of the media attend the 2010 World Stem Cell Summit in Detroit, Michigan, a pro-life organization will be there to promote sound science and the rights of unborn children. The summit will take place from October 4-6 and will focus on expanding embryonic stem cell research.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing told LifeNews.com today that activists need to stand up for unborn children, who are destroyed so scientists can obtain their embryonic stem cells for study.

"We must acknowledge that to conduct human embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of human embryos. Embryos who do not have a voice are human enough for experimentation, but not human enough to be given a chance at life," she said.

Sound science must also be promoted at the summit along with the morality of not destroying human life to advance research, Listing said.

She pointed out how embryonic stem cell research has yet to help any patients because the use of embryonic stem cells is limited due to problems seen when using the cells in animals. They cause tumors after injection and are rejected by the animals’ immune systems.

To date, human embryonic stem cell research has produced no treatments nor cures while adult stem cell research has yielded more than 70 treatments for serious diseases and ailments, she said.

Embryonic stem cell research destroys human embryos for the potential end-result of treating another person. Yet, embryonic stem cells have not treated or cured any human being during its 12 years in research and development, Listing explained. However, medical researchers are still encouraging the continuation of the destruction of one life without consent in the hopes of saving another.

Listing said, "Embryonic stem cell research targets the smallest and most vulnerable member of our human family, the human embryo. We all want to realize cures, but cures should never be pursued at the expense of destroying human lives."

The president of the Michigan pro-life group said scientists argue that frozen embryos remaining from fertility treatments will be discarded or thrown away, but another alternative is available. Embryo adoptions open a world of possibilities for couples struggling with infertility. Numerous families in Michigan have adopted embryos.

Listing said, "While the World Stem Cell Summit hypes human embryonic stem cell research, Right to Life of Michigan will be a steady voice of reason for the vulnerable embryo. At one time we were all embryos. You have a right to life, I have a right to life and each human embryo has the right to life."

Related web sites:
Right to Life of Michigan – https://www.rtl.org

 

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