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CWA Reacts to Senate Passage of Bioethics Bills

Contact: Stacey Holliday, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 126

WASHINGTON, July 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Concerned Women for America (CWA) commends the Senate for passing a ban on fetal farming but sharply criticizes the Senate’s spending of tax dollars on destroying human embryos for research.  CWA applauds the passage of The Fetus Farming Prohibition Act (S. 3504), a bill that will ban the growing of a pre-born baby in a woman’s or animal’s womb for the express purpose of obtaining tissue, but is disappointed by the passage of The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (H.R. 810 & S. 471), a bill that will use taxpayer dollars to fund the destruction of human embryos.

“Too many senators have bought into and spread outrageous myths on embryonic stem cells, at times sounding like snake oil salesmen,” said Wendy Wright, CWA’s President.  “Cannibalizing embryos as if they were ‘fountains of youth,’ sacrificing small humans to advance science, exploiting desperate patients for political purposes – and forcing us to pay for it – degrades all of us. 

“We long to see relief from suffering, but proponents of embryo research have placed a deceptive choice before us – destroying small humans and tearing down ethical agreements on human experimentation in exchange for mere hypothetical treatments, thus-far empty promises.  Sadly, based on false claims and misplaced hopes, politicians have voted to set aside ethical research guidelines that forbid harming or destroying human beings if that human is young and rich in cells.

“The passage of The Fetus Farming Prohibition Act is a huge victory to protect pre-born children as well as women from unscrupulous scientists, and limits the expansion of the concurrent bill to use tax dollars to experiment upon younger humans."

“We wholeheartedly support ASCR [adult stem-cell research], an ethical and effective treatment that has successfully treated at least 72 different diseases and conditions,” said Lanier Swann, CWA’s Director of Government Relations.  “Taxpayers deserve to have their money fund a proven medical practice that has boasted real results, rather than subsidizing immoral ESCR [embryonic stem-cell research] that, to this day, has not yielded results.  The course of action should be clear: Time and money will be best spent focusing on the continued advancement and medical breakthroughs that result from the use of adult stem cells.  Let’s stop squandering our resources on immoral, fruitless and detestable research that treats babies like guinea pigs.”

Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.