Monday, March 16, 2009

Help "Catholics for the Common Good" Fight the Good Fight!

We just received an email from our friend Bill May, over at Catholics for the Common Good (not to be confused with the hideously misnamed "Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good," who are shills for Obama--I wonder: are they having second thoughts yet?)

CCG has been fighting the good fight on the life and marriage issues here in California since the beginning. Their most recent badge of honor was to be mischaracterized in the "Guardian UK:"

The Guardian said, “Some activists even resorted to spreading lies about the efficacy of the research. . . . Catholics for the Common Good called it "technology that is unnecessary and obsolete."

Bill responded:

As politicians and the media (led by CNN) distort the issue and mislead citizens, we stand by our statement – embryo-like stem cells can now be produced more easily, cheaply and ethically making embryo destruction no longer necessary.

Of course, anybody who knows the slightest thing about the issue knows that every single treatment using stem-cells has come from adult stem-cells, and that embryonic stem-cells have done nothing except grow into tumors. Now CCG can use YOUR help:

"The current need is for our educational effort, Catholics for the Common Good Institute, a 501(c)3 organization, for which donations are deductible for income tax purposes. Any amount will help.

Please send a donation today to:
Catholics for the Common Good Institute
P.O. Box 320038
San Francisco, CA 94132

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney


Anonymous said...

Donation on its way.. thank you for posting this.

Anonymous said...

Scientists have only been able to do experiments with human embryonic stem cells (hESC) since 1998, when a group led by Dr. James Thomson at the University of Wisconsin developed a technique to isolate and grow the cells. Moreover, federal funds to support hESC research have only been available since August 9, 2001, when President Bush announced his decision on federal funding for hESC research. Because many academic researchers rely on federal funds to support their laboratories, they are just beginning to learn how to grow and use the cells. Thus, although hESC are thought to offer potential cures and therapies for many devastating diseases, research using them is still in its early stages.

By comparison, the history of research on adult stem cells began more than 40 years ago, and adult stem cells have been used in treatments for many years already. For example, adult blood forming stem cells from bone marrow have been used in transplants for 30 years.

Nevertheless, Geron Corp., a California-based biotech company, has been given the OK to implant embryonic stem cells in eight to 10 paraplegic patients who can use their arms but can't walk. Stem cell injections will be given within two weeks of the injury. The study will begin this summer, and will be conducted at up to seven different medical centers.