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Stem cell vote marks death of reason on Capitol Hill

On the heels of the House passage of HR 810, a bill authorizing an expansion of human embryonic stem cell research programs, American Life League president Judie Brown recalled the enthusiasm of many in the pro-life movement when candidates claiming the pro-life label won last November's elections. "I said it then, and I must say it now, there is a huge difference between the truly pro-life politician and the many political figures, including some in the Republican Party, who will say whatever it takes to be elected."

This vote in the U.S. House approves the killing of innocent preborn babies for the sake of harvesting their body parts – their stem cells. The bill would not have passed without the support of numerous GOP members. "It is a perfect example of the hypocrisy that has slowly infected many in the Republican Party and particularly those claiming to be pro-life," said Brown. "Whether the innocent human being is a few hours old or nine months old, an act that intentionally kills him is always intrinsically evil. That this action is being taken for a perceived 'good' is irrelevant; evil can never be justified. Human embryonic stem cell research is inherently evil."

Brown again pointed out that successful research is being conducted using adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cord blood, both of which are ethical sources of material for use in such experimentation. Conversely, despite much hyperbole, there are no credible reports of medical advances using human embryonic stem cells.

"The fact that such a bill has been approved by a legislative body in which the majority claims to be 'pro-life' would seem to offer certain proof that too may politicians excel at offering lip service, while doing nothing proactive to save innocent lives," said Brown. "Perhaps it is finally going to dawn on the entire pro-life community that there is no such thing as a genuinely pro-life major political party in the United States."

Release issued: 25 May 05