Abortion: The American Voice Institute of
Public Policy believes in the sanctity of human life from conception
to natural death. Life was defined in the U.S. Constitution as man's
first God-given inalienable right. We support this right and believe
it is the government's job to protect that right. Standing on the
fundamental principle that man is made in the image of God, we oppose
all forms of abortion and advocate adoption as an alternative to abortion.
We are also opposed to euthanasia
and believe that physician-assisted suicide involving physicians prescribing
lethal drugs to patients with a clear intent to enable the patients
to die in the context of medical treatment is murder.
Stem Cell Research: In 1996, federal
funding for harmful embryo research was outlawed by Congress, and
ever since then, that prohibition has been maintained. However, new
National Institute of Health (NIH) guidelines for stem cell research,
announced on August 23, 2000, violate this law. Federal funding of
research on stem cells that are removed from human embroys would be
allowed. However, research on the embryo itself would be forbidden
by the guidelines.
Although the guidelines do not permit the
actual killing of the human embryo, they do encourage research that
leads to the death of embryos.
The new rules "circumvent" the
1996 laws that prevent embryo use in research. Federal research may
be conducted on cells taken from surplus frozen embryos that are destined
to be discarded by fertility clinics under the new guidelines.
The American Voice Institute of Public Policy
believes that this form of research that sacrifices one form of human
life to benefit another is immoral, illegal and unnecessary.
NIH fails to acknowledge that breakthroughs
in adult stem cell research may make the destruction of living embryos
unnecessary. A tremendous variety of adult stem cell samples have
been reported to be available and effective within the last two years.
For example, adult stem cells have been found
in the bloodstream, bone marrow, cornea and skin. Also, in the brain,
scientists have recently uncovered neural stem cells. The distinct
advantage of using these adult stem cells to regenerate tissue on
individuals and cells, is the circumvention of the problem of immune
rejection of embryo stem cells. Therefore, we support current successful
research using adult stem cells.