Victoria Cobb, President
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Action Alert: Prevent the Funding of Life-Destroying Research in Virginia
Two years ago, The Family Foundation partnered with the Virginia Catholic Conference to hammer out an agreement with the biotech community to ensure that state funded research performed in Virginia would not involve embryonic stem cells or aborted fetuses. The created clause was added to all legislation involving biotech research in Virginia thus protecting citizens of the Commonwealth from subsidizing unethical research. In 2010, the same agreement stood. Now, it’s 2011 and the debate over the pro-life amendment is once again taking place.
There are several bills this year originating from both chambers that would provide research and development tax credits to biotech companies. In order to prevent the funding of unethical research, each and every bill must include the pro-life amendment. In a House Finance committee earlier this week, an amendment in line with the 2009 and 2010 pro-life amendment was added to one of these bills (HB 1447) and votes will be cast on the amended bill on the floor of the House of Delegates early next week.
The Family Foundation and our pro-life partners at the Catholic Conference firmly believe that Virginia taxpayers should not be asked to pay for or subsidize research that involves the destruction of human embryos or the use of aborted fetuses. Not only is such research unethical, embryonic stem cell research has been a complete failure. It is for that reason researchers cannot get private donations. No one wants to pour money into a failure. So researchers have turned to who else – the government – to subsidize failure. If we are going to subsidize research in Virginia, it should be in adult stem cell research that is producing real results – real science providing real hope and real cures.
It is crucial that your legislator hear from you today on this issue. Legislators need to hear that the funding of life-destroying research will not be tolerated in the Commonwealth. Contact your Delegate today and urge him or her to cast a vote in acknowledgment of the sanctity of human life.
ACTION: Please contact your Delegate by clicking the link below and urge them to support amendments to bills that prohibit taxpayer subsidizing of unethical and failed research.
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