Friday, September 21, 2007

Among Things That are Always and Everywhere Wrong: Letter to the University of Minnesota Against Stem Cell Research

Below is an email I sent to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association after reading in the alumni magazine a proud report of the UoM's support for stem cell research. I just found it while cleaning out my mailbox, and I want to save it, because it says pretty clearly what I think of stem cell research, not to mention test tube impregnation.
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From: Sullivan, Roseanne
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 2:42 PM
To: 'umalumni@umn.edu'
Subject: Embroyonic Stem Cell research at the U of MN


Embroyonic Stem Cell research at the U of MN

I was disappointed to read in the Minnesota alumni magazine that the U of M is supporting embryonic stem cell research. The creation and destruction of human embryos is not a value-free scientific endeavor, but is a perverse and horrible activity that denies the value of human life.

I cannot support a university that supports these atrocities. Please remove your name from all of your mailing and emailing lists and subscriptions and cancel my remaining membership in the alumni association.

My major objections are:

Evidence abounds that stem cell research using other sources for stem cells is bearing fruit, while no evidence exists that the use of human embryos' stem cells is producing therapies of any value.

An embryo is a human being created by God with all the potential for the unique individual already present. God loves every human from before the time of his or her creation and intends that person for eternal life.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you ...." Jeremiah1:5

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16).

Creating human beings outside of the marital act is outside of God's intention. To do so is playing God and is always wrong. Experimenting on and killing these human beings after their creation is a double evil.

Creation of embryos outside the womb involves masturbation aided usually by the use of pornography by the man to produce sperm. Sex outside of its intended purpose in marriage is always and everywhere wrong.

Roseanne Sullivan

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Roseanne Sullivan

Technical Writer

Avocent Corporation
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