STATEMENT OF CULTURE OF LIFE FOUNDATION PRESIDENT AUSTIN RUSE
"Today we mourne the passing of the great entertainer Christopher Reeve.
Our sincere condolences go to his brave family and friends who supported
him through his long years of struggle."
"We regret that his passing, like that of Ronald Reagan, will provide the
opportunity for some to make the false case for embryo-destructive
"The fact is that after twenty years and many millions of dollars, embryo-
destructive research has not successfully treated a single patient or a
single disease. Embryo-destructive research was no where close to helping
Mr. Reeve walk again. To suggest otherwise does a disservice to those who
suffer by raising profoundly false expectations that will not be
"While embryo-destructive research has cured no person and no disease,
adult stem cell research has already treated thousands of patients and
more than 100 diseases. In fact, adult stem cell therapy has already
helped those with severe spinal cord injuries to walk again, two of whom
testified before the US Senate last month. One of those who testfied even suffered from quadrapelgia just like Christopher Reeve."
"Embryo-destructive research is morally problematic because it kills a human embryo in the process. On the other hand, adult stem cell research poses no such moral dilemma. Polls also show that a majority of Americans prefer research that does not kill the human embryo."
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