To Stop Destruction of Embryos

by Steve Ray on July 18, 2006


WASHINGTON, DC – The following is Congressman Mike Pence's statement today made in advance of a Senate vote that would allow federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

"We gather today in respectful opposition to the Castle-DeGette bill:  A bill that authorizes the use of federal tax dollars to fund the destruction of human embryos for scientific research. 

"Assuming H.R. 810 passes the Senate today, on behalf of millions of pro-life Americans, we say, Mr. President, veto this bill.  

"To date, embryonic stem cell research has not produced a single medical treatment, where ethical, adult stem cell research has produced some 67 medical miracles. Physicians on our side will make the case for the ethical alternative of adult stem cell research and Congress today will greatly expand funding in this area.

"We are here simply to decide whether Congress should take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund the destruction of human embryos for research.

"This debate is really not about whether embryonic stem cell research should be legal.  Sadly, embryonic stem cell research is completely legal in this country and has been going on at universities and research facilities for years. 

"You see, I believe that life begins at conception and that a human embryo is human life.  I believe it is morally wrong to create human life to destroy it for research.  And I believe it is morally wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans, who believe that human life is sacred, and use it to fund the destruction of human embryos for research. 

"And it is my fervent hope and prayer, as we stand at the crossroads between science and the sanctity of life, that we will choose life. 

"Let us do as Americans have always done in the face of the frail and vulnerable.  Let us choose life, reject federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, that we and these precious children may live."

Please call President George W. Bush at: 202-456-1414 and tell him to veto this bill.

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