In today's Columbus Dispatch, Executive Director Mike Gonidakis calls the Governor out for supporting activist judges and unsuccessful research. To see our Letter to the Editor, read on below:
Thursday, September 2, 2010 02:59 AM
The Columbus Dispatch
On Aug. 24, Gov. Ted Strickland said that a federal judge’s ruling that federal law prohibited funding of embryonic stem-cell research was “incredibly disturbing.”
The judge ruled that a long-standing federal law that prohibits funding for research if a human embryo is destroyed prevents the Obama administration from funding embryonic stem-cell research, which requires the destruction of human embryos. Apparently, Strickland is so tied to the liberal notion that judges should make the law that he finds it “incredibly disturbing” when a judge applies the law as written.
Strickland also said that he is “a strong supporter of medical research that has the capacity to save lives.” If that is really the case, he should focus his support on adult-stem-cell research, which has produced more than 70 treatments that are used to help humans, rather than embryonic-stem-cell research, which has produced none.
What taxpayers should find incredibly disturbing is that Strickland and so many other politicians have fallen for the public-relations-hype campaign that embryonic-stem-cell researchers have orchestrated to gain public funding, because most private funders wanted to see actual results.
Incredible and disturbing as it might seem to Strickland, the ethical and noncontroversial investment in adult-stem-cell research also happens to be the smart investment.
Ohio Right to Life