Deadly Research at UW-Madison
Praise To Thee Our Alma Mater?
UW Alumni for Life is a group of alumni coming from all backgrounds and walks of life.
We are united by our desire to see UW-Madison stop this dehumanizing research and to focus on life-affirming, ethical alternatives to human embryo research.
UW-Alumni for Life is a project of Pro-Life Wisconsin.
On August 9, 2001, President Bush announced that federal funding would be allowed for embryonic stem cell research if the stem cells had been obtained prior to that date. The president’s decision allows embryonic stem cell research to continue because it has freed up private dollars for the continued destruction of the youngest members of the human family. In October 2001, UW-Madison researchers announced they would use private dollars to create stem cell lines – requiring the destruction of more pre-born babies. Thus, the availability of any federal funding for this ghastly research has opened the door for sacrificing even more babies in the name of science. UW-Madison has become a center for research where human embryos – babies in their earliest stages of development – are destroyed in order to harvest their parts, namely their stem cells. Not only does the UW engage in this lethal research, it has vigorously lobbied at the federal and state level to force taxpayers to fund it. Yet mounting evidence reveals that adult stem cells, which can be obtained ethically without ending a human being’s life, are showing great promise… not embryonic stem cells.
"Like several other recent studies, this new work with hearts suggests that stem cells retrieved from adults have unexpected and perhaps equal flexibility of their own, perhaps precluding the need for the more ethically-contentious (embryonic) cells.” – “Studies Raise Hope of Cardiac Rejuvenation", The Washington Post, 3/31/01
"This study (isolating stem cells from fat) could take the air right out of the debate about embryonic stem cell research. The newly identified cells have so many different potential applications that it makes it harder to argue that we should use embryonic stem cells." – "Fat May Be the Answer to Many Illnesses", Los Angeles Times, 4/10/01
"Embryonic stem cells are surprisingly unstable, at least in mice… if the same is true for human embryonic stem cells, researchers said, then scientists may face unexpected challenges as they try to turn the controversial cells into treatments for various degenerative conditions." – "Clone Study Casts Doubt on Stem Cells", The Washington Post, 7/6/01
When a mother’s egg and a father’s sperm join, whether in a petri dish or in a woman’s womb, a unique and unrepeatable human being has come into existence. At no other logical or scientifically sound point can we say that human life begins.
Some argue that the children being used in this research at UW-Madison are unwanted and will be discarded anyway. Yet we do not experiment on the elderly or harvest the organs of death row prisoners because they will "die soon" anyway.
There are ethical lines that civilized societies must not cross. Killing babies for their stem cells is such a line.
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