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Michigan Catholic Conference Launches Massive Internal Stem Cell Education Program
Date:10/1/2007

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to communicate the Catholic Church's teaching on human life as it relates to adult and embryonic stem cell research, the Michigan Catholic Conference today announced the state's diocesan bishops have launched a monumental internal statewide education program that includes over 500,000 Catholic homes and nearly 800 parishes.

The Church's support for adult stem cell research and opposition to embryonic stem cell research comprise the central messages of the internal education program, said the Conference's Vice President for Public Policy Paul A. Long. "Medical science, along with people from different faith and political backgrounds, has recognized that human cloning and the destruction of living embryos for research purposes may not be the most promising way to move forward with stem cell research. Yet because of the great deal of attention given to unproven embryo destructive research, partly through misinformation and even deceit, necessary funding for and the promotion of adult stem cell research have been nearly non-existent. Many people are unaware that adult stem cells are located throughout the human body and are providing treatments, even cures, without harming the donor person."

As part of the Conference's internal education program, which has the theme "The Science of Stem Cells: Finding Cures and Protecting Life," every registered Catholic home in the state has been sent a letter signed jointly by the state's diocesan bishops, a 12-minute DVD and a brochure that all emphasize the Church's support for adult stem cell research. According to the bishops' letter: "Catholics have the right and duty to assist all who are suffering, and medical science, through adult stem cell research and its proven track record of success, has opened a door of hope. We urge you and your family to spend a few moments reviewing the enclosed material and learning more about the ways by which we ca
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