I first saw this on Neil Gaiman’s blog and believed it important enough to pass along.
In short, the National Institutes of Health are running an online comment form in regards to some regulatory legislation in the works to replace the repealed guidelines on embryonic stem cell research from the Bush administration, and the majority of respondents (as of Saturday) had voiced opposition to such research. That’s not because only naysayers visit the NIH web site or because the majority of the country is actually against stem cell research. Rather, it is because the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have sent out a mass message asking followers to log in and state their disapproval.
You don’t have to agree with me, or with Neil Gaiman, or anyone else. You simply need to let your voice be heard. Go to
and post your comment(s).
As for me, I think it’s about time that we let the people attempting to cure diseases and improve humanity’s standard of living get on with it. It doesn’t kill babies, it doesn’t serve Satan, and it’s not going to be the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine). The potential is there and the chance of success is high, but we have to let the research progress.
You have through May 26 at 11 p.m. EST, so get on it. The NIH is actively reading responses and integrating those with their proposal, so if the majority are against stem cell research, there’s a good chance the legislation will be of a similar bend. Don’t let the USCCB dictate the direction of this country. If banning stem cell research is the will of the people, so be it, but it needs to be the will OF THE PEOPLE, not of the USCCB. Let your will be known. Comment now.
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