Washington, D.C. (07 July 2009) – American Life League president Judie Brown issued the following statement on the National Institutes of Health’s new embryonic stem cell research rules. The NIH rules – the most permissive guidelines ever released – call for federal tax funding of research that necessitates the destruction of countless preborn human beings – an act the Catholic Church calls an “intrinsic evil.”
“The United States once stood for equality and justice, based on the dignity of the human person – the basic building block of our society. Yet, today our country has taken another huge step backward, as it embraces ever-worsening dehumanization.
“The Obama administration’s new embryonic stem cell research guidelines mark a new low in our government’s tax-funded and imposed culture of death. The nation’s most vulnerable human beings are now being torn apart for research and treated as leftover table scraps that need to be recycled.
“The new rules confirm, in black and white, that human beings created in the laboratory by in vitro fertilization, are now considered mere products that, if ‘no longer needed,’ ‘left over’ or destined to be ‘thrown away,’ can also be destroyed in a laboratory.
“Nary a word has been heard from our president or the National Institutes of Health acknowledging that such research kills a human being. Clearly, those who made this decision do not recognize the humanity of the human embryo.
“But the fact remains that each American taxpayer is now funding the cannibalization and dismemberment of our country’s weakest and most vulnerable members. And this is a fact for which we, as a nation, will one day have to answer to God.
“Here, in what was once a bastion of liberty and equality, the nation Abraham Lincoln called ‘the last best hope of earth,’ we are now sacrificing ‘throwaway’ human beings on the altar of science.”
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Katie Walker at 540.659.4942.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Associated Press: Final Rules Out for Government Stem Cell Research (07 July 2009) https://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hrAL-sM2yHMyelQ3ZOhCiuZYjYvgD9996FEO2
- US News and World Report: Stem Cell Rules and Other Health News (07 July 2009) http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/sexual-reproductive/2009/07/07/health-buzz-stem-cell-rules-and-other-health-news.html
- Bloomberg: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Expands With U.S. Funds (06 July 2009) http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aAXvzsFUaCK8