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

n find cures and protect life."

In addition to the Catholic household mailing, every parish in the state has been encouraged by its diocesan bishop to address the issue of stem cell research on Respect Life Sunday, October 7. Parishes have also received from the Conference a packet of informational material that includes a question and answer document, sample bulletin announcements, and the aforementioned DVD and brochure. Approximately 250,000 copies of the Conference's FOCUS essay, which addresses the public policy of stem cell research, have also been distributed to parishes across the state. Catholic hospitals, universities, schools, charity agencies and fraternal organizations have also received educational material.

The DVD that is included with the mailing to Catholic homes features testimonials from patients who, defying medical diagnoses, have made significant advances following adult stem cell therapies. The DVD dissects the scientific differences between adult and embryonic stem cell research, includes an interview with a nurse and bioethicist who addresses the effects of egg extraction and human cloning on women, and features two prominent scientists urging public support for adult stem cell research.

Adult stem cell research is currently treating over 70 different medical conditions such as Type-1 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, numerous forms of cancer, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia, and many others. Research using adult stem cells does not harm the donor person as those stem cells may be retrieved from fat tissue, dental pulp, the amniotic fluid that surrounds unborn babies, umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, and other locations throughout the human body. A full list of those conditions benefiting from adult stem cell research can be found at http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/treatments.htm. The Catholic Church is opposed to embryonic stem cell rese
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