DETROIT, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit's archbishop, Cardinal Adam Maida, comments on White House announcement on embryonic stem cell research: "While there is -- and always will be -- a moral component to this issue, for me, this comes down to a basic question of human rights. Regardless of its status in the laboratory queue, a so-called 'spare' or discarded embryo is no less the beginning of personhood than any other human embryo. Making it a part of controlled research projects doesn't change its genesis ... its dignity ... its humanity. "We remember here in Michigan when scores of weak, vulnerable people were victimized at the end of their lives with claims of false mercy and compassion. We saw the slippery slope in action. These tiny specks ... these stem cells ... are no less vulnerable. They deserve our protection, not experimentation. Our government should not be funding their destruction in the name of progress, no matter how limited or well-intentioned the research."
SOURCE Archdiocese of Detroit