Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Good News!!

1) Massachusetts Marriage Amendment goes to the ballot in 2008

In November I talked about the fight in Massachusetts to give the voters a chance to vote on a Marriage Amendment. VoteonMarriage.org gathered more than enough signatures to get the amendment on the ballot and yet the Democrats in the Massachusetts' Congress were trying to keep it from ever making it to the ballot. Governor Mitt Romney and VoteOnMarriage.org held a rally to demand a vote. Amazingly a week ago today they got their miracle and the amendment was voted on and its going on the ballot. It is a huge victory for pro-family groups in Massachusetts and across the nation. Here is the press release on the awesome news:
Massachusetts Marriage Amendment Wins Legislative Support
Citizen initiative petition process restored to the people

Boston -Today, the people's amendment on marriage won legislative support, advancing the amendment to the 2007 Constitutional Convention in an effort to place the measure before the voters in 2008. The Protection of Marriage Amendment received 61 votes. Fifty votes were needed for the amendment to pass-one-quarter of the joint legislature.

"Today's victory is about restoring the integrity and authority of the people's constitutional right to petition their government," said Kris Mineau, president, Massachusetts Family Institute and spokesman, VoteOnMarriage.org. "It says to the 170,000 citizens who signed the petitions for the right to vote on marriage that democracy still works in Massachusetts for those who are willing to take a stand for justice."

The protection of marriage amendment was certified by the Secretary of the Commonwealth in December 2005 and awaited a legislative vote for a full year.

"Those in the legislature who sought to thwart the will and right of the people for the better part of a year conceded at the eleventh hour to the clear directive of the constitution," Mineau concluded.

VoteOnMarriage.org thanks Senate President Travaglini, who conducted a dignified proceeding-allowing members to take a full and fair vote as directed by the Massachusetts constitution.

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

2) Another Alternative to Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Great news came out yesterday that besides the success from adult stem cell research they have yet another alternative to embryonic stem cell research. It is through Human Amniotic Fluid. The KC Star actually printed this article, "Stem-cell find holds promise". Here is an excerpt:
"Researchers have found stem cells in human amniotic fluid that may provide an alternative to embryonic stem cells, according to a study published Sunday. The discovery could avoid the controversy over destroying embryos for research.

The stem cells — easy to harvest from the fluid left over from amniocentesis tests given to pregnant women — were able to transform into new bone, heart muscle, blood vessels, and fat, nerve and liver tissues, the study said.

“So far, we’ve been successful with every cell type we’ve attempted to produce from these stem cells,” said Anthony Atala, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., and senior author of the report published online by the journal Nature Biotechnology.

The finding points to a promising avenue of research that sidesteps the hurdles facing embryonic stem-cell research, which has been stymied by moral objections to the destruction of embryos that occurs when cells are harvested.

Most of the work involving human embryonic stem cells is ineligible for the more than $25 billion the federal government spends on research each year. But amniotic fluid stem-cell studies are already being funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The study also suggests another advantage: Unlike embryonic cells, which can form tumors when implanted in lab animals, amniotic fluid stem cells do not appear to do so."

It is very sad to me that so many people are eager to sacrifice human life when it is very apparent that we have many alternatives that hold even more promise and less complications than embryonic stem cells. Tell that to Nancy Pelosi who promises to have it at the top of her agenda!!

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