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Embryonic research requires transparency


To the Editor:

Last November the people of Michigan voted to allow embryos stored in fertility clinics to be donated to research. That vote passed by a narrow margin. I did not, nor do I currently support that legislation; however, the people of Michigan have spoken and live human embryos are now fair game for researchers.

Because the prevailing will of the people was to pass Proposal 2, it is very important that clear and unambiguous provisions are drafted into any legislation which codifies Proposal 2 to assure that the will of the people is followed. As such, legislators are working on the Embryonic Research and Fertility Clinic Transparency Act, an act which will clarify that embryos cannot be created for the sole purpose of research including the creation of human-animal hybrids and cloned human embryos.

The intent of Proposal 2 was to allow only those embryos, considered

"excess," stored in fertility clinics to be used in research, after obtaining written permission from the parents. The clear intent of Proposal 2 is to allow only a very limited opportunity for embryonic stem cell research. The purpose of the Embryonic Research and Fertility Clinic Transparency Act is to create definitions and penalties to ensure the proper enforcement voters expect for any violations of Proposal 2. Ambiguity in legislation surrounding Proposal 2 will affect all of us; therefore it is very important for every one of us to contact our Michigan legislator to support the Embryo Research & Fertility Clinic Transparency Act.

Eric G. Scott, North Branch
June 24, 2009

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