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False “Promises” of Embryo-Destructive Research Discussed at Senate Hearing

Last Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service held a hearing on “The Promise of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.”  Many scientists promote embryo-destructive research as full of “promise” and “hope,” but the reality is this research destroys unborn children in the name of false “hope.”

Predictably, the Subcommittee had three witnesses testify who touted the need for embryo-destructive research. Only one witness spoke the whole truth: “Stem cells obtained from adults, children, infants, and even umbilical cords hold not just promise, but have treated spinal cord injuries, congestive heart failure, corneal blindness, sickle cell anemia, and multiple sclerosis, among other diseases and disabilities,” Dr. Jean Peduzzi Nelson, Ph. D. testified. “Funding needs to be directed at adult stem cells that are showing success right now.”

The Senate is considering legislation, introduced by Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), which would allow federal funding of embryo-destructive research.  A response to Judge Lamberth’s injunction blocking such funding, this new bill would effectively nullify the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which has prevented federal funding of “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death” since 1996.

“The American people do not want their tax dollars supporting research or experimentation on living human beings,” said Kellie Fiedorek, a member of AUL’s legal team who attended the hearing. “We are working to ensure that Congress does not allow research that destroys life, especially when non-destructive techniques have proven successful.”