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
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
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
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. There is a
distinct advantage for an individual to
use his own stem cells to regenerate
tissue, totally circumventing the problem
of immune rejection of embryo stem cells.
Therefore, we support current successful
research using adult stem cells.