Loading
Pro-life group condemns Illinois governor’s embryonic stem-cell research fund
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The Illinois Family Institute condemned Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to create a public fund that will support embryonic stem-cell research. The governor issued an executive order July 12 that instructs the Illinois Department of Public Health to create the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute and disburse $10 million to support medical research for cures and treatments. The institute is expected to be up and running by the end of the year.

"The governor has done an end-run around the legislative process to fund research that advances a utilitarian agenda in which the end justifies the means," said the family institute’s executive director Peter LaBarbera in a press release July 12.

According to LaBarbera, Blagojevich has “misuse[d] his executive power to endorse liberal-agenda positions on life issues at the expense of reasoned democratic debate that would let the people of Illinois have their say on these matters.”

The social activist cited neuroscientist Dr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, who states that embryonic stem-cell research is “always morally objectionable, because the human embryo must be destroyed in order to harvest its stem cells.”

LaBarbera pointed out that many advances have been made with adult stem-cell research, “and none so far” with embryonic stem cells.

“There is no need to inject scarce taxpayer dollars into one side of this moral debate,” he said.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
25

Liturgical Calendar

October 25, 2014

Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
10/25/14
10/24/14
10/23/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 4: 7-16
Gospel:: Lk 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/25/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 13:1-9

Homily
Date
10/25/14
10/24/14
10/23/14