Unethical Research Alert
September 1, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today we are seeking your immediate help in stopping a proposal by our government to create a new creature that is a combination of a human being and an animal.
This is not science fiction. The National Institutes of Health, (NIH), has recently announced its intention to lift its moratorium on funding research that involves injecting human embryonic stem cells into animal embryos thus creating part-human and part-animal organisms known as chimeras.
This means that, for the first time, the Federal government will begin spending taxpayer dollars on the destruction of human life for the creation and manipulation of new beings whose very existence blurs the line between humans and non-human animals.
Public comments regarding this unethical research are currently being accepted. However, the window to act is tight; comments close on Tuesday, September 6 at midnight EDT.
Your comments may be submitted electronically by copying and pasting the statement below to the NIH form at this link. Further information about the ethical issues involved in the research may be found in the Human Life Action Center here.
Yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh
The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte
I object strongly to the NIH's proposal to rescind its moratorium on funding of research involving human-animal chimeras. I do not want my tax dollars being used for grossly unethical research involving the creation and manipulation of part-human, part-animal beings whose very existence blurs the line between humans and non-human animals. This proposed research raises all the ethical problems of human embryonic stem cell research in general and serious additional problems related to the creation of human-animal beings with partly or substantially human brains.
I strongly urge you to maintain the current moratorium on funding research involving the creation and manipulation of human-animal chimeras.
Conscience Protection Alert
July 12, 2016
The Bishops have issued an urgent new alert on The Conscience Protection Act of 2016. A vote on this measure is scheduled in Congress tomorrow, July, 13.
Six members of the North Carolina delegation are co-sponsors of this legislation. Seven members are not. the Bishops are urging everyone to write and call the seven Congressional representatives.
This legislation protects the rights of health care workers who cannot in good conscience participate in the destruction of human life.
Read the Alert and take action!
Editor's note: The Conscience Protection Act of 2016 was passed by the house on July 13. It will now go to the US Senate for consideration. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.
Message from Bishops on Supreme Court Ruling
July 5, 2016
The Bishops send a brief message to more than 5,000 CVNC participants about the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Texas abortion case. Despite the setback from the high court for the pro-life movement, the Bishops reiterated their unwavering support and ongoing prayer for the unborn.
Read a pro-life column in reaction to the ruling that appeared in the Catholic News Herald and The Charlotte Observer.
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