Bishops urge governor to veto stem-cell bill

.- Three Catholic leaders are urging Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. to veto legislation allowing for state funding of embryonic stem cell research, reported the Washington Post. Ehrlich said he would sign the bill.

"Enactment of this legislation means that tax dollars will be used to pay for the destruction of innocent human life," says a letter signed by Cardinal William Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington; and Bishop Michael Salltarelli of Wilmington, Del.

"Human life is not to be treated as a commodity, as a raw material in science experiments,” they said. “Taking innocent human life is always a great evil, regardless of whether society as a whole stands to benefit."

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