.- After the University of Michigan announced the creation of a new embryonic stem cell line, pro-life critics decried the move as âdishonorable,â arguing that human lives were destroyed for âunproven research.â
On Oct. 3, the University of Michigan wrote in a press release that âafter several attempts,â the school successfully created a new embryonic stem cell line known as UM4-6. The act was made possible by Michigan voters in November 2008 who approved a state amendment allowing scientists to use surplus embryos from fertility clinics. The university stated that work on UM4-6 began in May, was completed in late September and was conducted without federal funds.
âThis historic achievement opens the door on a new era for U-M researchers, one that holds enormous promise for the treatment of many seriously debilitating and life-threatening diseases,â said University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman.
âThis accomplishment will enable the University of Michigan to take its place among the worldâs leaders in every aspect of stem cell research.â
In a statement on Oct. 4, however, Michigan Right to Life condemned the creation of the embryonic stem cell line, arguing that the university's press release states âseveral attemptsâ at success were made in the process, which means that âseveral human beings were killed in order to obtain this stem cell line.â
âBased on previous attempts to create embryonic stem cell lines by other institutions such as the University of Wisconsin and the Jones Institute,â read the pro-life group's statement, âresearchers likely killed between 4-10 human embryos.â
Right to Life of Michigan president Barbara Listing added to the commentary, saying that while âwe knew University of Michigan researchers were planning on killing human embryos for their cells, we are saddened to know that human beings were sacrificed without their consent for this unproven research.â
âIt is wrong to kill some human beings in the vague hope of treating others,â she underscored.
Listing noted that there âare many life-affirming alternatives to embryonic stem cell researchâ and that âit is dishonorable that some researchers in Michigan feel they have to destroy human lives.â
âEmbryos who do not have a voice are human enough for experimentation, but not human enough to be given a chance at life.â