Ice Bucket Challenge (Maybe?)

The ice bucket challenge has raised over 60 million dollars since its inception by the ALS Association on July 29, 2014. Now that’s what I call cold, hard cash!

I’ve haven’t been challenged yet, but if I am, the challenger will have to agree that my donation will go to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City, Iowa.

Let me explain. Many of you may not be aware that the ALS Association uses embryonic stem cell research to research the cause, treatment and possible cure of the disease. The embryonic stem cells are recovered from aborted fetuses, which in my view are live embryos or human beings. Stem cell research is contrary to the moral teaching of the Christian faith, which believes and upholds the dignity of human life at every stage of development.

On Monday, March 9, 2009, President Obama issued one of his many Executive Orders to accomplish his agenda; without any use of either a vote or advice. That one order turned a whole class of human embryonic persons, into human merchandise to be used as clinical mice.

Human embryonic stem cell research has had no positive results. It is always deadly for the human embryonic person. On the other side, adult stem cell research harms no one and has seen great results.

The human being must be respected, as a person, from the very first instant of his or her existence.

Our government and American law refuses to recognize that human embryos have a right to life and a right to a future.

This week’s bottom line: Just like Cancer and Alzheimer’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) needs to have continuous research. Lets not give up one human being to save another human being. Remember, the end does not justify the means.
Portions of this week’s column were taken from Dignitatis Personae, www.catholic.org, jp2mri.org and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.

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