2008.10.22 Sybil Diccion: Prop. 2

Written by David Green.

With the plethora of Vote No on Proposal 2 signs around this area, one  might get the impression that either we have an abundance of very informed citizens or else we have acquiesced to the special interest groups in our town by allowing signs to be posted in our yards even though we haven’t read one iota of information on the subject.

What I find very disingenuous is that MiCAUSE, the organization  opposing Proposal 2 and funded primarily by Right to Life and the Michigan Catholic Conference, will not say whether or not it opposes  embryonic stem cell research. Did you get that? The spokesman, Dave  Doyle, said, “We don’t take a position on specific legislation or anything else.” “Instead,” said Doyle, “our group was formed to oppose the constitutional amendment and we only talk about that.”     (http://tinyurl.com/5dy6ee)

Please hear this. The very fundamental issue of Proposal 2 deals with stem-cell research and the largest opposing organization’s members are not willing to state whether or not they agree on stem-cell research?

This defies credulity.

So why aren’t they able to come out and say they’re against the research? After all, the groups that support them certainly are. “Turns out, that’s an easy one,” says Susan Demas in the Lansing State Journal. “Doyle and the other hired guns at Marketing Research Group are no dummies. Polls show about 60 percent of Americans back the research, including a majority of Catholics.” Thus, deceitful ads are flooding the media. MiCAUSE can’t win honestly so they will scare us with images of animal-human cloning and other goofy scientific aberrations.

What is fact is that of the approximate 400,000 frozen embryos currently stored in our nation’s fertilization clinics, many will be thrown away. What a waste when they could be used to create new stem cell lines and thereby contribute to life-saving medical research. A similar analogy (on a lesser scale, obviously) could be demonstrated by my preparing a sandwich but consuming only half the contents. Someone standing nearby might ask if he or she could have the remaining sandwich, but instead, I toss the other half into the garbage disposal. Out of my selfishness, I would rather discard that half than give it to someone who could benefit.

Before casting your vote,  be informed. Contrary to the ads, this bill won’t cost a cent. It is to promote, and only to promote, scientific studies and not to fund stem cell research. One suggested website is http://stemblog.net/?page_id=151

I, for one, will be voting YES on Proposal 2.

– Sybil Diccion

Main Street, Morenci

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