Petition 80054

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Stem Cell Research (80054-C2-NonDis)

We petition the 2008 General Conference to go on record in support of those persons who wish to enhance medical research by donating their early embryos remaining after in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures have ended; and urge that the United States Congress pass legislation that would authorize federal funding for derivation of and medical research on human embryonic stem cells that were generated for IVF and remain after fertilization procedures have been concluded.

Rationale

Stem cell research holds the promise of great therapeutic benefits, and life saving breakthroughs will only happen if adequate funding is made available to advance research utilizing embryonic stem cells, and we, as human beings, are called upon to do everything possible to preserve the lives we are given, we...