Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Fundraising Supports Embryonic Stem Cell Research

(RNS) With celebrities, athletes and a handful of religious leaders on board, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for research for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
In an email to Religion News Service, Carrie Munk, a spokeswoman for the ALS Association, said that the organization primarily funds adult stem cell research.
“Currently, The Association is funding one study using embryonic stem cells (ESC), and the stem cell line was established many years ago under ethical guidelines set by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); this research is funded by one specific donor, who is committed to this area of research,” she said. “The project is in its final phase and will come to an end very soon.”
The ALS speaks in very positive ways about Embryonic stem cells. They clearly value it. They haven't stated they will not ever use any embryonic stem cells in further research. And if they value it, the likelihood that they continue to use it in their research is quite high.
This should cause the Biblical Christian to not support this group until they reject all embryonic stem cell research as well as usage in any way, since embryos are human babies and such stem cells require the death of the baby. This is an impossible position for a TRUE pro-life Christian to maintain.

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