2008.10.01 Mary Gautz: Prop. 2

Written by David Green.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s going to be an exciting election. An election like no other. But in Michigan, Nov. 4 is going to be about much more than Obama vs. McClain. Another issue needs careful thought, independent research and bears tremendous impact. Have you looked carefully at Proposal 2?

It’s big, and very relevant. It’s about using embryonic stem cells for research in Michigan, and opening up the floodgates for all kinds of possibilities. Many of them are kind of scary. It will allow for unregulated, unrestricted experimentation on human embryos. This is one of those ethical, life and death proposals. Don’t let it take you by surprise on the ballot.

I am writing to invite you, with urgency, to do your own research. Carefully read the proposal and educate yourself on the key points and definitions. There are three kinds of stem cells: adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. You will need to have an understanding of each and realize what the implications are, in order to make an informed decision. Google some key words, check out the website MiCause.com for more information, talk to your pastor.

This is NOT another debate about science vs. faith. This is NOT an occasion of the religious interfering with a cure. There are, and have been, very science friendly and ethical healing options. Know what those are. Find out about “umbilical cord blood” and all its healing stem cells, which are discarded every day in hospitals across our state. There are many common sense options for stem cell use apart from destroying embryos. Let’s use them.

Don’t let the McCain and Obama hype distract you from understanding the whole ballot. And all that is at stake in Michigan.

– Mary Marsh Gautz

Oak Street, Morenci

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