Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This is not science fiction. The National Institutes of Health, (NIH), has recently announced its intention to lift its moratorium on funding research that involves injecting human embryonic stem cells into animal embryos thus creating part-human and part-animal organisms known as chimeras.
This means that, for the first time, the Federal government will begin spending taxpayer dollars on the destruction of human life for the creation and manipulation of new beings whose very existence blurs the line between humans and non-human animals.
Public comments regarding this unethical research are currently being accepted. However, the window to act is tight; comments close on Tuesday, September 6 at midnight EDT.
Your comments may be submitted electronically by copying and pasting the statement below to the NIH form at this link. Further information about the ethical issues involved in the research may be found in the Human Life Action Center here.
Yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh
The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte
I object strongly to the NIH's proposal to rescind its moratorium on funding of research involving human-animal chimeras. I do not want my tax dollars being used for grossly unethical research involving the creation and manipulation of part-human, part-animal beings whose very existence blurs the line between humans and non-human animals. This proposed research raises all the ethical problems of human embryonic stem cell research in general and serious additional problems related to the creation of human-animal beings with partly or substantially human brains.
I strongly urge you to maintain the current moratorium on funding research involving the creation and manipulation of human-animal chimeras.