The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
House of Representatives
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0508
Re: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding – Oppose
Speaker of the House Pelosi:
I noticed that, before going to the Capitol this morning, you stopped by a Catholic Church to ask God to guide your actions. As a Catholic, you know that the Church is God’s representative on Earth and the teachings of the Magisterium are binding on all Catholics, if we are to be One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.
The Church opposes embryonic stem cell research and federal funding for it for the same reason it opposes abortion – it directly causes the destruction of innocent human lives. It does, however, support "adult" stem cell research, i.e., research using stem cells harvested from umbelical cords, bone marrow, etc. There has been much success already in this area, and studies suggest that "adult" stem cells may be as pluripotent (wide-ranging and potentially beneficial) as embryonic stem cells – all without the moral dilemma.
Please remain true to the Faith and refuse to start federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. I heartily encourage you to increase funding for adult stem cell research, but I pray that our country will never seek to destroy many innocent human lives for the off-chance that some may live a little longer and a little easier.
Sincerely and God bless,