Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 7/8/2009 5:00:00 AMhttp://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=594934
The National Institutes of Health has issued guidelines for research on human embryos. One pro-family spokesman accuses NIH of ignoring the public on the matter.
The guidelines, which are based on a presidential executive order, open the door for research that pro-life groups have fought against for years. Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research Council tells OneNewsNow those guidelines set up a system that creates an incentive for embryonic sacrifice. He goes on to say NIH simply did not listen to the public.
"Of the 49,000 comments they got, 30,000 told them not to fund any human embryo research [using federal funds]. The acting director of the NIH said they just ignored those comments," Prentice notes. "[So] the question wasn't whether to fund it, but how to go about sacrificing embryos."
Prentice adds those figures show America is still strongly pro-life. "And [that] they want our taxpayer funds going towards successful and ethical adult stem-cell research -- the stuff that is already helping patients now," he emphasizes.
Adult stem-cell research, which does not involve killing a tiny human being, is now being used to help more than 70 documented medical conditions and diseases. Research on human embryos, in contrast, has produced no useable results