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Ethics In The Lab: Family Foundation Releases New Policy Paper

Stem cell research has been at the center of one of the hottest debates in the 21st century where science and ethics have clashed. Additionally, many lab procedures flirt with the bounds of ethics and morality — cloning, genetic engineering, in vitro fertilization, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis to name just a few. Some scientists see new lab procedures as holding the answer to many of medicine's most difficult challenges. They see a future with the ability to clone, cure the most noxious of diseases — perhaps, even, the ability to achieve genetic perfection. But such a utopian vision dismisses the spiritual side of the equation, overriding it with the "absolutes" of science. This vision ignores the moral and ethical questions surrounding medical research:

What are the potential human costs of these so-called "advances in medicine and technology?"

Are some humans "disposable" if their destruction leads to medical advances?

As science moves into uncharted territory, Americans are caught between the hope it provides and the quickly fading morals that guard against sacrificing human life. Responding to these challenges, The Family Foundation has produced, Do No Harm: Ethics in the Laboratory, a new policy paper. In this paper, we address the oft-asked questions of

When does life begin?

Is embryonic stem cell research ethical?

Is in vitro fertilization a choice that respects life?

I encourage you to read Do No Harm as I believe you will find it instructive and enlightening. Click here to read the report in its entirety.

The Family Foundation has worked with pro-life allies for several years to educate the public and legislators on this important topic. We have successfully amended legislation that attempted to funnel your tax dollars into unethical research to ensure that Virginians are not forced to subsidize these questionable programs. There is still work to be done and too many politicians in Richmond are willing to waste our money on unethical and unproductive research. Our hope is that this paper will provide information to citizens, the media and elected officials they may not otherwise know.

To help us continue to produce research that produces policy papers such as Do No Harm and our previous papers, and to help us disseminate it to legislators, policy makers and the media, click here.

UPDATE: Facebook And The Governor's Race (McDonnell's Lead Increases)

As we mentioned Friday, it's unusual for conservatives or Republicans to run ahead of the other side in the social marketing/technology aspects of campaigning. So, when the March issue of Richmond Magazine ran a blurb called "Facebook And The Governor's Race" that graphically illustrated Republican Bob McDonnell's commanding lead in Facebook supporters over all three of his potential Democrat opponents (see his blog here), it was a bit of a shock. I guess Terry McAuliffe's tech experience was limited to making money on Global Crossing while it went bankrupt (see Judicial Watch here). As we promised Friday, since there's no link to the RM site for this story, here's a scanned version of the hard copy. The totals were of February 13.

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The graphic is entitled, "The Oracle of Facebook: Who's winning the gubernatorial race so far? We asked the online social-networking hub."

More shocking is that even with the Democrat candidates duly warned, McDonnell's lead increased. He now has 2,115 supporters (up from 1,713). T-Mac only inched up from 1,104 to 1,252, while the other Democrats, former Delegate Brian Moran and Senator Creigh Deeds, are neck and neck at 679 (from 585) and 678 (from 629), respectively.

 

Virginia News Stand: March 6, 2009

The Communications Department says he's ill today, so I've cobbled together a couple of interesting articles — or at least an interesting topic: internal strife within the Virginia GOP. Didn't say it was news, because RPV fratricide certainly is nothing new. Still, interesting, as always. Also, there's a link to an interview with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell via podcast at Bearing Drift. Worth the listen (at least read the summary). Something else of interest that is news concerning the gubernatorial campaign: For as much as liberal groups and Democrat candidates have been, and are, ahead of conservatives and Republicans in the adaptation of new media and technology to campaign effect, Bob McDonnell, according to the March issue of Richmond Magazine, is leading all three Dems in a Facebook supporters landslide with nearly 2,100 as of a few minutes ago (at RM's publication it was 1,700). Sorry, no Web links provided by RM, but we hope to have a scan next week.

News:

Va. GOP chief asked to leave (Washington Times)

Major Va. donor named new state GOP finance chief (Daily Press)

Podcast:

VPOD #52: Bob McDonnell, GOP gubernatorial candidate (Bearingdrift.com)

Polls:

For more substantive polling information than Facebook, there's a recent Rasmussen poll that shows McDonnell leading all three Democrats by significant margins, increasing his December lead over his nearest rival, Terry McAuliffe, who, apparently, has not recovered from liberal blog attacks prompted by not knowing who we are!

Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election — GOP's McDonnell Has Edge Over All Democrats In Virginia Governor's Race (Rasmussen Reports)

McDonnell takes early lead in poll (Pilot On Politics blog) 

Coincidentally, in New Jersey, the Republican gubernatorial candidate leads the incumbent, Democrat Machine Boss Governor Jon Corzine, by nine points, with Corzine's approval rating less than 40 percent.

Fairleigh Dickinson poll finds Corzine trailing Christie by 9 points (Newark Star-Ledger)

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