Embryo Adoption: A Tale of Twins
For adopted twins Meredith and Mason Bonnema, fall of 2008 represents life and a future for both. Their adoptive parents were finalizing plans to welcome them to their new family.
Meredith and Mason were too small to remember that fall, because they were both smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. They spent the first few months of their adoption in deep freeze, waiting for their chance as embryos to be implanted in their adoptive mother, Kari. Transferred the following February, Meredith and Mason were born in October 2009, about one year after being adopted. While their parents were eagerly waiting for them to become part of their family, a completely different plan was being drawn up for other frozen embryos like Meredith and Mason. Voters in Michigan narrowly approved Proposal 2 in November 2008, allowing embryos to be legally destroyed for experimentation. FULL STORY
Fact Sheets on Stem Cell Research
The Great Stem Cell Debate: Understanding the Basics
Sacrificed Without Consent: Taking From the Unborn, Ending Lives
Cloning: No Longer Science Fiction
As we stand at a time when technology is quickly advancing, researchers have begun to bombard our nation and the rest of the world with questions of how far science can and should go. Since the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs and discoveries continues unfettered, our world is continually threatened with attacks on the sanctity of human life. PDF
Cord blood: A safe and ethical stem cell source
Many people are nervous about giving blood. The thought of anything related to a needle is enough to make their hair stand on end. There is one way, however, to give a potentially life saving blood gift without suffering any anxiety.
"It's an easy thing," said Mary Sumners of Grand Rapids. "It's super easy to do. I don't usually give blood, so it was a great way to give something." This easy thing is donating umbilical cord blood after childbirth. Cord blood is a rich source of adult stem cells.
To learn if your hospital is participating in the collection of cord blood, call Michigan Blood at 1-866-MIBLOOD. Cord blood donated through their Cord Blood Bank is listed on international databases to help patients anywhere in the world.
Stem cell research is the most misunderstood life issue. Most people do not realize that stem cells can be obtained from numerous adult sources, umbilical cords and placentas -- without ending the life of a developing human being. Stem cells from human embryos are not needed for stem cell research to continue.
Organizations Supporting Embryonic Stem Cell Research
We maintain a list of organizations that have expressed support for human embryonic stem cell research. Research with embryonic stem cells necessitates the destruction of human embryos. LIST
Talking About Stem Cells
If They Say... You Say... A prolifer's guide to talking about human embryonic stem cell research and human cloning. GUIDE