Maryland Bishops Urge Governor Ehrlich to Veto MD Stem Cell Research Act of 2006

April 04, 2006

The three Catholic bishops in Maryland, including Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, today urged Governor Robert Ehrlich to veto the Maryland Stem Cell Research Act of 2006. SB 144 was signed by the Maryland House and Senate on March 27 and the governor has indicated his intent to sign it into law.

Noting that the majority of Marylanders oppose research that involves killing human embryos, Cardinal McCarrick, Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore and Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli of Wilmington, wrote, “Human life is not to be treated as a commodity, as a raw material in science experiments. Taking innocent human life is always a great evil, regardless of whether society as a whole stands to benefit…We urge you to reconsider your decision and veto Senate Bill 144.”

The full text of the letter is below:

“Dear Governor Ehrlich,

“We write to express deep regret that you are inclined to sign into law the ‘Maryland Stem Cell Research Act of 2006.’

“Enactment of this legislation means that tax dollars will be used to pay for the destruction of innocent human life — this despite recent polls showing that the majority of Marylanders, indeed, a majority of Americans, are opposed to research that involves the killing of human embryos.

“Human life is not to be treated as a commodity, as a raw material in science experiments. Taking innocent human life is always a great evil, regardless of whether society as a whole stands to benefit. If every disease known to mankind could be treated using embryonic stem cells, there would still be no justification for killing nascent human life to obtain these cells. The fact is that after more than two decades of clinical trials, the use of embryonic stem cells have resulted in no benefit whatsoever.

“Throughout history, science has always been guided by ethics. Insisting now that Maryland’s researchers strictly adhere to ethical and moral guidelines will not set any precedents, but it will protect the most innocent members of our society. We urge you to reconsider your decision and veto Senate Bill 144.”

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