New Jersey's Star-Ledger broadcast this headline yesterday: "Stem cell research gains ground in Catholic church."
Of course, the ignorant masses, unclear that some stem cell research is morally acceptable and some not but aware of an ongoing ethical debate on the topic, may conclude from that headline - as the liberal mainstream media obviously wishes - the NJ Catholic church is coming around.
Only five paragraphs into the story do we learn the Church supports umbilical cord and placenta stem cell research, which does not involve the killing of human embryos.
Also of interest is the possible dupe of the NJ Catholic church by legislators brandishing money....
One morning last spring, the Roman Catholic priest and the Jewish legislator met at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton to talk through an issue that had become a major headache for both men: state legislation funding stem cell research.
The initiative, conceived in late 2003 by state Sen. Richard Codey and aimed at making the state a center for the cutting-edge research, had become bogged down by opposition from legislators being hammered by both Catholic and evangelical Christian voters opposed to embryonic stem cell research.
"We decided to look for common ground," Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union) said about his meeting with Rev. Joe Kukura, president of the New Jersey Catholic HealthCare Partnership....
On Friday, Kukura's boss, Archbishop John Myers, announced that 10 Catholic hospitals in New Jersey have signed contracts with blood repositories for public banking of umbilical cord and placenta blood. The stem cells from those donations will be stored at the not-for-profit Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program facility in Allendale, set to receive $10 million in state aid, and the Coriell Institute in Camden, also to receive state funding.....
Cohen is hoping he can count on the support of leaders like Myers and Kukura, who represent the state's 4 million Catholics. He is working to gain approval for a voter referendum on the November ballot seeking to pump up to $500 million into hands-on stem cell research -- both adult and embryonic. The proposal, according to Cohen, also would include funding for "all hospitals, not withstanding any denomination, that want to be part of the collection process."
While we can count on the NJ Catholic church NOT supporting human embryo experimentation, it looks like we can likewise count on liberal legislative and MSM spin to make it look so.
They already are.
I think if you are against hesc research you should be happy in NJ. The first round of grants from the NJ stem cell institute only funded one hesc project out of 17. I believe you are in luck, one of the authors of the stem cell bill in NJ is a Dr. Young, who is very big on umbilical cord stem cells. He even predicts adult stem cells will replace the need to use hESC.Posted by: Bob at April 27, 2007 3:54 PM