Human embryo proposal on Michigan ballot

What goes on in the voting booth on November fourth in Michigan will determine what can and can’t go on in the laboratory in the future.

Proposal Two is a statewide ballot initiative that seeks to allow the use of human embryos in stem cell research.

What proponents of Proposal Two are asking permission to do is not considered a felony in the State of Michigan. They want to allow embryos to be used for scientific purposes.

The stem cell research initiative has some friends in high places—it has been endorsed by Governor Granholm, and former President Bill Clinton.

Still some prefer to consult and even higher authority when it comes to this subject.

“It’s not a science versus religion, I think science and religion can work together, but in this case, I think it’s a slippery slope,” said Dr. Thaddeus Stout, Pastor of Community Baptist Church in Edwardsburg.

In this case, the doctor and pastor is actively working against Proposal Two because he feels that it goes too far.

“The moral issue with Proposal Two comes about with the eggs that are fertilized, when they are destroyed for the stem cell research, that is a life that is being taken,” said Stout.

But the argument can be made that ‘life’ is on the side of both sides in this debate.

“The key thing is it allows doctors and researchers to use voluntarily donated leftover embryos for finding cures and saving lives,” said Chris De Witt, a spokesman for Cure Michigan. “These leftover embryos are currently thrown away as medical waste.”

So the matter has been thrown into the public domain, and Michigan voters will make the call November fourth.

“Michigan is one of about five states that doesn’t allow for this type of research,” said De Witt. “A researcher who would want to do this sort of work who, if they were to start doing it right now, they would face arrest and going to jail—that’s just wrong.”

Dr. Stout disagrees. “It’s wrong basically because it is life. When you have life you have to value that life, Michigan has been a great state for life, just a few years ago we voted down euthanasia,” Stout said.

The ballot proposal only deals with those embryos made at a fertility clinic outside the womb. It is typical for more eggs to be fertilized than are implanted back into a woman who is trying to become pregnant.

Proposal two would allow any excess embryos to be donated to science.


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