Bush Administration Should Use NIH Delay To Ban All Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Says American Life League

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Life League

    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Following
 the cancellation of a hearing by the National Institutes of Health study group
 that is reviewing grant applications for embryonic stem cell research,
 American Life League president Judie Brown renewed her call for an immediate,
 total ban on such experimentation, whether publicly or privately funded.
     "In view of the fact that the Bush administration has halted this meeting
 of the stem cell review group, I hope the president will use this time to act
 decisively," Brown said. "Stem cells harvested from human embryos can only be
 acquired by killing the embryonic persons in question."
     However, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson has called
 such destructive experimentation "ethical," and has championed the efforts of
 Dr. James Thomson. Thomson developed techniques used to harvest stem cells
 from embryonic persons, killing them in the process. He is now seeking federal
 funding -- through the department Secretary Thompson heads -- for destructive
 experimentation.
     "The president says he is pro-life," Brown said. "Yet Secretary Thompson's
 support for killing embryonic children will likely come back to haunt Bush.
 The cost of even one human life is too high, whether the funds for the killing
 come from the government or the private sector.
     "The administration must seriously examine the moral and ethical
 implications of allowing the destruction of embryonic human persons,
 regardless of the funding source. Now is the time for the president to stop
 government involvement in this ghoulish practice, and condemn it outright. The
 bottom line is that stem cell experimentation that relies on the killing of
 human persons in their earliest days of life should be banned in the United
 States of America -- period!"
 
     American Life League is the nation's largest pro-life educational
 organization with more than 375,000 supporting families.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X17773305
 
 

SOURCE American Life League
    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Following
 the cancellation of a hearing by the National Institutes of Health study group
 that is reviewing grant applications for embryonic stem cell research,
 American Life League president Judie Brown renewed her call for an immediate,
 total ban on such experimentation, whether publicly or privately funded.
     "In view of the fact that the Bush administration has halted this meeting
 of the stem cell review group, I hope the president will use this time to act
 decisively," Brown said. "Stem cells harvested from human embryos can only be
 acquired by killing the embryonic persons in question."
     However, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson has called
 such destructive experimentation "ethical," and has championed the efforts of
 Dr. James Thomson. Thomson developed techniques used to harvest stem cells
 from embryonic persons, killing them in the process. He is now seeking federal
 funding -- through the department Secretary Thompson heads -- for destructive
 experimentation.
     "The president says he is pro-life," Brown said. "Yet Secretary Thompson's
 support for killing embryonic children will likely come back to haunt Bush.
 The cost of even one human life is too high, whether the funds for the killing
 come from the government or the private sector.
     "The administration must seriously examine the moral and ethical
 implications of allowing the destruction of embryonic human persons,
 regardless of the funding source. Now is the time for the president to stop
 government involvement in this ghoulish practice, and condemn it outright. The
 bottom line is that stem cell experimentation that relies on the killing of
 human persons in their earliest days of life should be banned in the United
 States of America -- period!"
 
     American Life League is the nation's largest pro-life educational
 organization with more than 375,000 supporting families.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X17773305
 
 SOURCE  American Life League