Petition drive will focus on stem cells - Catholic Courier

Petition drive will focus on stem cells

Southern Tier parishes will join the rest of the Diocese of Rochester in hosting Public Policy Weekend Feb. 11-12.

Petitions will be available before and after Masses at numerous parishes, advocating for the state to pursue adult stem-cell research but not embryonic stem-cell research. Each petition states: “We call upon the governor and the state legislature to provide support for adult stem-cell research and treatment. We object to the use of human embryos and any cloning procedures for experimentation or research. We urge the governor and the legislature to expand adult stem-cell research and treatment, which is both morally sound and medically beneficial.”

Stem cells are the advocacy issue for 2006 selected by the diocesan Public Policy Committee.

“We’ve talked to over 1,000 people at the parish level, which is unprecedented,” said Jann Armantrout, diocesan life-issues coordinator, who was one of the scheduled guest speakers at a presentation titled “The Stem Cell Controversy — What’s It All About?” at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ithaca Jan. 26.

Further information on this topic may be found on the diocesan Web site at www.dor.org and clicking on the “What’s New” icon. In addition, several articles about stem cells are available in the story archive on the Catholic Courier‘s Web site at www.catholiccourier.com (archive searches require free registration).

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