Kerry is spreading very serious misinformation regarding stem cell research

>Candidate John Kerry is spreading very serious misinformation regarding
>> stem cell research. Among many errors, he insists that miraculous cures
>> are just around the corner. Leaving aside the serious ethical concerns
>> with destroying human embryos, the results of embryonic stem cell research
>> are nil. Destructive embryonic stem cell research has not treated a single
>> patient or a single disease. Adult stem cells, however, have successfully
>> treated thousands of patients, and more than 90 diseases.

>> September 7, 2004 Volume 2, Number 5
>> Candidate Kerry Misleads Public on Stem Cell Research
>>      With election day less than two months away Democratic presidential
>> candidate John Kerry continues to campaign on his support for destructive
>> embryonic stem cell research while painting President George Bush as an
>> enemy of science who has put a stop to all stem cell research.  One
>> prominent scientist who specializes in studying the thorny questions
>> surrounding bioethics says much of Kerry's rhetoric is unfair and
>> inaccurate.
>>      Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River,
>> Mass. who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Yale, did post-doctoral work
>> at Harvard and studied theology and bioethics in Rome. He says the chief
>> error made by Kerry is his insistence that a reversal of Bush's stem cell
>> policy will offer immediate cures to some of society's worst diseases. "He
>> has bought into the general line that by destroying embryos we are going
>> to be immediately opening up radical new cures for all kinds of ailments."
>> In a radio address delivered in early August Kerry said, "some of the most
>> pioneering cures and treatments are right at our fingertips, but because
>> of the stem cell ban, they remain beyond our reach." He has continued to
>> use such language throughout his campaign.
>>      Pacholczyk said the promise offered by embryonic stem cell treatment
>> is actually unknown and so far completely unsuccessful. But what is known,
>> he said, is that embryonic stem cell treatments come with risks.
>> "Embryonic research does offer a speculative project that has already a
>> number of discernable drawbacks and limitations. For example these are
>> tumor-forming cells; when you place them into animal models they turn into
>> tumors with great readiness."
>>      Research and treatments using adult stem cells are 20 to 30 years
>> ahead of embryonic stem cell research, according to Father Pacholczyk.
>> Thousands have benefited from therapies using adult stem cells including
>> those suffering from spinal cord injuries and Parkinson's Disease. Father
>> Pacholczyk said that in blurring the distinction between embryonic and
>> other types of stem cells, Kerry obscures the true ethical concerns of
>> critics. It is not stem cell research that critics oppose but the creation
>> of human embryos for the specific purpose of using them for research and
>> destroying them in the process. In the August radio address Kerry said,
>> "Three years ago, the President enacted a far-reaching ban on stem cell
>> research, shutting down some of the most promising work to prevent, treat
>> and cure Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, AIDS and so many other
>> life-threatening diseases." Yet President Bush never enacted a ban on stem
>> cell research. He only prohibited federal funds from going to support
>> research on embryonic lines created after August 2001.
>>      The question of cloning is one that cannot be separated from
>> embryonic stem cell research. For future treatments to be effective it
>> will likely require that the person being treated be cloned. Stem cells
>> from their own embryo would then be extracted and in the process the
>> embryo would be destroyed. Pacholczyk said that scientists often receive
>> little to no ethical training and that the ethical questions that emerge
>> from their research are often not addressed until it is too late.
>> "Scientists and the enterprise of science itself tend to move forward in
>> as much of an autonomous mode as they can in the sense that they don't
>> explicitly break open questions of ethics unless they sort of push
>> themselves onto your front porch and suddenly you have to confront them.
>> That has happened with embryonic stem cell research." Kerry's approach
>> does not seem to take these new ethical concerns seriously. "He's
>> interested in expanding federal funding immediately for not just cell
>> lines that Bush approved but for all cell lines and presumably to allow
>> for the active destruction of in vitro embryos as well. It sounds like he
>> wants to throw the doors open on this without too many if any
>> restrictions."
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John Kerry: President Bush's Policy on Embryonic Stem Cell
Research "Extremist"

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 4, 2004

Hampton, NH ( -- Just days after he criticized
President Bush in the first presidential debate, John Kerry
continued to relentlessly attack the president on his decision to
limit taxpayer funding of unproven embryonic stem cell research.

Campaigning in New Hampshire, the Democratic presidential nominee
said Bush "is making the wrong choice to sacrifice science for
extreme right-wing ideology."

According to an Associated Press report, Kerry called Bush's
decision "a far-reaching ban on federal funding for stem cell
research, tying the hands of our scientists, driving some of them
away from America.''

Bu the Bush campaign says the president did not ban funding for
all embryonic stem cell research -- pointing to $190 million
dollars in federal funds from the National Institutes for Health
for research involving adult stem cells.

Prior to the Bush administration, the federal government did not
spend any money advancing stem cell research.

"John Kerry has made a repeated effort to mislead the press and
the public on the reality of the new federal funding for stem
cell research that the President announced in August 2001," the
Bush campaign said in a statement.

The Bush campaign criticized the media for adopting the language
Kerry and running mate John Edwards have used.

"Numerous media outlets have adopted their language, referring to
the President's new funding as a ban," the Bush campaign said.
"These characterizations are inaccurate or incomplete, and
misinform the public on the reality of the policy."

Actor Michael J. Fox, a Parkinson's disease sufferer who has
repeatedly blasted the president on the issue, joined Kerry at
the New Hampshire campaign stop.

Kerry, who promises $100 million for embryonic stem cell research
funding, accused President Bush in the first presidential debate
of not telling the truth about embryonic stem cell research.

During Thursday night's presidential debate, John Kerry said he
would avoid attacking President Bush's character when following
up a question Bush received from moderator Jim Lehrer.
"I'm not going to talk about a difference of character. I don't
think that's my job or my business," the Democratic candidate

That didn't stop Kerry from blasting the president on the issue
of using human embryos in research.

"He's not acknowledging the truth of the science of stem-cell
research," Kerry said.

John Kerry Aide Misrepresents His Position on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 20, 2004

Washington, DC ( -- In an interview with the
Associated Press, a campaign staffer for Democratic presidential
candidate John Kerry misrepresented his position on embryonic
stem cell research.

Commenting on a story about a group of scientists who want Kerry
and President Bush to participate in a town hall forum on the
subject of embryonic stem cell research, staffer Sarah Bianchi
misstated Kerry's position.

Bianchi told AP that Kerry is "'absolutely not'' suggesting
creating embryos for the sole purpose of research."

However, in July, Kerry attached his name to a bill, the Human
Cloning Ban and Stem Cell Research Protection Act (S. 303), that
specifically allows scientists to create human embryos so their
embryonic stem cells can be extracted. The process kills the
days-old unborn child.

Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to
Life Committee called Bianchi's statement "brazen

"Kerry one moth ago cosponsored the bill to allow the mass
creation of human embryos by cloning, for the sole purpose of
using them in research that will kill them," Johnson told

"Indeed, the bill makes it a federal offense to allow such a
cloned human embryo to develop past 14 days," Johnson explained.

Bianchi did not return two messages left for her by
requesting comment.

The legislation Kerry sponsored was introduced in February 2003
and the last senator to cosponsor the bill, Vermont's Jim
Jeffords, attached his name to the legislation over a year ago.

Kerry has been using the issue of embryonic stem cell research to
paint Bush as a religious extremist and claims his pro-life views
prevent patients with various diseases from obtaining potentially
beneficial treatments that scientists say are many years away.

To pro-life advocates, that may explain why Kerry suddenly signed
on to legislation that has been sitting for over a year and isn't
expected to receive a Senate vote anytime soon.

President Bush and pro-life groups support a competing bill
sponsored by Kansas Republican Sam Brownback.

Senator Brownback's legislation bans both forms of human cloning
-- reproductive and so-called therapeutic cloning for research.

John Kerry Renews Calls for Tax-Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research
by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 9, 2004

Washington, DC ( -- Over the weekend, Democratic
presidential nominee John Kerry renewed his call for taxpayer
funding of embryonic stem cell research that observers say hasn't
been effective and doesn't hold the potential to cure the kinds
of diseases some advocates believe.

Kerry's remarks set up an event by running mate John Edwards
today to continue to push the controversial issue.

In his party's weekly radio address on Saturday, Kerry told
listeners that Bush's position against taxpayer funding of the
destructive research was a triumph of "ideology over science."

"At this very moment, some of the most pioneering cures and
treatments are right at our fingertips, but because of the stem
cell ban, they remain beyond our reach," Kerry said.

Kerry has previously said that one of his first actions as
president would be to overturn Bush's August 2001 policy
preventing federal funding of any new embryonic stem cell
research conducted after that point.

"We're going to listen to our scientists and stand up for
science. We're going to say yes to knowledge, yes to discovery,
and yes to a new era of hope for all Americans," Kerry said.

However, some scientists have said that embryonic stem cell
research is not the panacea for cures that Kerry claims.

Dr. D.G. McKay, a stem cell researcher at the National Institute
for Neurological Diseases and Stroke, has called the promises of
miracle cures from embryonic stem cells a "fairy tale."

Even advocates of embryonic stem cell research say cures, if they
happen, are a long way off.

"One of the things we have to be aware of in the stem cell field
is to avoid promising too much," says Dr. Markus Grompe, director
of the new Oregon Stem Cell Center at Oregon Health & Science

"My prediction is it will be not five, but 10 years before this
is going to pay off," Grompe said.

Meanwhile, Alzheimer's researchers say embryonic stem cell
research is nowhere close to helping patients and likely won't
yield a cure for the debilitating disease.

"Alzheimer's is a more global disease, with an effect on numerous
kinds of cells," Steve Stice, a stem cell researcher at the
University of Georgia, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
newspaper. "That makes it much more difficult for a cell therapy
to be effective."

"I just think everybody feels there are higher priorities for
seeking effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease and for
identifying preventive strategies," Marilyn Albert told the
Associated Press in June.

Albert, a Johns Hopkins University researcher who chairs the
Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer's
Association, says there are more promising efforts to treat the
disease than waiting on the decades it could take to see results
from embryonic stem cells.

John Kerry Called Out of Touch on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 24, 2004

Washington, DC ( -- With two new polls both showing
that Americans don't want their tax dollars spent on embryonic
stem cell research and prefer using adult stem cells, pro-life
advocates are calling John Kerry out of touch with voters on the
controversial issue.

"Senator John Kerry is misrepresenting both current government
policy and the scientific facts regarding medical research using
human stem cells," Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the
National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), said in a memo Tuesday.

Kerry was criticized earlier this month for saying President Bush
had instituted a "ban" on funding for embryonic stem cell

In his August 2001 policy, President Bush allowed funding for
embryonic stem cell research that had already started. The Bush
administration has also spent $190 million on research employing
adult stem cells.

"At the same time, Senator Kerry is trying to obfuscate his
support for using cloning to mass create human embryos for
research," Johnson added.

Kerry staffer Sarah Bianchi misstated Kerry's position last week.
She told an Associated Press reporter that Kerry is "'absolutely
not'' suggesting creating embryos for the sole purpose of

However, in July, Kerry co-sponsored S. 303 -- a bill that does
just that.

According to NRLC's Johnson, Kerry has also written to
constituents saying he backs human cloning for research.

"While I am opposed to reproductive cloning, I believe that the
process of somatic cell nuclear transplant (SCNT), commonly
referred to as therapeutic cloning, should be protected," Kerry
wrote in September 2002.

Bianchi's comment also came ten days after she told a Wall Street
Journal reporter that Kerry had co-sponsored the S. 303 bill and
that it would prohibit human embryos from developing beyond 14

That means the human embryos must be destroyed if they aren't
killed beforehand for research. Despite that, "[t]he legislation
draws a good line," Bianchi told the WSJ reporter.

Why has the Kerry camp made a shift in policy and in what it
tells the media?

Johnson speculates that it's because internal polling by Kerry's
campaign may have stumbled on the same results that were found in
two new polls released this week.

The two polls show a majority of Americans do not want their tax
dollars to be used to pay for embryonic stem cell research and
that they oppose human cloning specifically to create embryos for
the purpose of research. (,

One poll revealed that 53 percent of respondents opposed "using
tax dollars to pay for the kind of stem cell research that
requires the killing of human embryos," while only 38 percent
support it.

The other shows that Americans overwhelmingly (80 to 13 percent)
oppose the position taken Kerry -- that human cloning should be
allowed to create human embryos only to be destroyed for their
stem cells.

How Kerry deals with the issue of stem cell research for the
remainder of the election remains a question, but Johnson warns
the media not to gloss over Kerry's latest effort to hide his
pro-cloning position.

"Journalists should not be enablers in Kerry's attempt to deny
the inconvenient fact that "therapeutic cloning" involves the
mass creation and destruction of human embryos," Johnson

Kerry's campaign should not "be indulged in its new claim that he
does not favor the very result that the legislation he has
cosponsored would authorize," Johnson concluded.

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John Kerry Surrogate Blasts President Bush on Embryonic Stem Cell Funding
by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 17, 2004

Manchester, NH ( -- At a forum organized by
presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign on Monday, a
Nobel-prize winning scientist blasted President Bush's policy
preventing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.

Robert Horvitz, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology
biologist, said that Bush's August 2001 policy is preventing the
unproven research from moving forward.

"This is a topic of science and medicine, but it's a topic that's
become embroiled in politics," Horvitz said, according to an
Associated Press report.

Horvitz backed federal funding of efforts to obtain stem cells
from frozen human embryos left over from in vitro fertilization.

"Some people who oppose embryonic stem cell research say the
problem of curing these diseases is very far in the future," he
said. "My response is: Let's get on with it."

However, Horvitz also admitted that embryonic stem cell research
is not going to produce cures for some diseases and that it may
be as long as ten years before treatments could be available.

"Maybe making stem cells an issue in this election will make
George W. Bush change his mind," Horvitz said.

But editorial columnist Paul Greenberg, in a recent article, says
President Bush, unlike Kerry, "has taken seriously the ethical
problems raised by this kind of experimentation."

"Whatever one thinks of the course George W. Bush chose, he took
the ethical problem seriously," Greenberg explains. "John Kerry
just brushes it aside."

Greenberg also says spending taxpayer funds on research that may
not yield results is wasteful.

"Senator Kerry also seems indifferent to the likelihood that
government funding for stem-cell research would soon enough lead
to highly profitable embryo farms in order to supply the demand
for human building blocks," Greenberg says.

In his column, Greenberg says the Kerry campaign has
inappropriately used the issue of stem cell research for
political gain.

"John Kerry has co-opted those scientists who, seeing either
profit or career advancement in embryonic stem-cell research,
have failed to speak out about the profound questions,
life-and-death questions, such experimentation raises," Greenberg

"They've let the senator get away with pretending that embryonic
stem-cell research is some kind of magic wand he can wave over
Alzheimer's and make it disappear."

Kerry has said one of his first actions as president will be to
overturn Bush's policy and mandate taxpayer funding of destroying
embryos for stem cells.

John Kerry's Campaign Takes $ From Late-Term Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 4, 2004

Washington, DC ( -- In a revelation that is causing
a huge stir among pro-life advocates, three late-term abortion
practitioners have made thousands of dollars of donations to the
campaign of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

For those involved in the debate about partial-birth abortion,
Martin Haskell's name is familiar. He is credited with inventing
the grisly procedure that has been banned in dozens of states and
by Congress.

Haskell, and infamous late-term abortion practitioners Warren
Hearn of Colorado and George Tiller of Kansas, have donated a
total of $7,000 to the Kerry campaign.

While that's not a huge sum compared with the millions top
pro-abortion organizations are spending to oust President Bush,
pro-life advocates say it's noteworthy that notorious men who
perform abortions very late in pregnancy are willing to finance
Kerry's campaign for president.

"[T]hese contributions are worth scrutinizing because of what
they reveal about John Kerry," write National Right to Life
legislative director Douglas Johnson in the Weekly Standard.

Johnson said the "Kerry campaign apparently readily accepted the
contributions--money that might very well have originated in fees
charged to perform partial-birth abortions or other late

According to Johnson, the donations point to Senator Kerry's
extreme view on abortion -- a point validated by Kerry's six
votes against a partial-birth abortion ban over the last several

The donations also reflect the abortion practitioner's confidence
in Kerry's statements that he will only appoint judges to the
Supreme Court that are willing to uphold Roe v. Wade and,
apparently, partial-birth abortions.

"Most likely, these abortionists are quite aware that Kerry has
promised to nominate only Supreme Court justices who share his
real position on abortion policy--which would guarantee that
partial-birth abortions and other late abortions, and of course
earlier abortions, would remain almost entirely shielded from
scrutiny or restriction by elected lawmakers for the foreseeable
future," Johnson explained.

Kerry's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

According to records Johnson obtained, Martin Haskell wrote a
check to the Kerry campaign for $2,000 on June 30, 2004.

In 1994, Haskell wrote a seminal paper presenting the new
partial-birth abortion method. He has since filed a lawsuit
seeking to overturn an Ohio law implementing the FDA's safety
recommendations for using the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug.

George Tiller, who operates a late-term abortion business in
Wichita, Kansas, sent the Kerry campaign a contribution of
$1,000, recorded March 17, 2004.

Tiller has come under fire recently for botching women's
abortions and three staff members resigned earlier this year.

Between September 15, 2003, and June 25, 2004, Colorado late-term
abortionist Warren Hearn gave Kerry the maximum allowed amount of

Hearn says he performs abortions as late as the eight month of
pregnancy, shortly before birth.

John Kerry Hides His Position on Abortion, West Virginia
Newspaper Says

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 27, 2004

Wheeling, WV ( -- A leading newspaper in the key
presidential battleground state of West Virginia says Democratic
nominee John Kerry, who backs abortion, is misleading the voters
there. The Wheeling News-Register says Kerry "doesn't seem to be
able to provide a straight answer to a simple question."

The pro-abortion candidate is attempting to conceal his views,
the newspaper alleges, "because Kerry wants voters to see in him
what they want to see, regardless of how he really stands on
important issues."

In its editorial, the Wheeling newspaper cites Kerry's response
to a questionnaire from the Associated Press as example of Kerry
trying to cover up stances that wouldn't play well in pro-life
states, such as West Virginia.

When asked if girls should be required to tell their parents
before having an abortion, President Bush offered what the
News-Register called a "straightforward" answer.

"I will continue to support parental notification laws so that
parents are involved in the decisions of their minor daughters,"
the president said.

But Kerry's response was: "Like any parent, I believe that
parents should be fully involved in all decisions regarding their
children. But we also have to take into account possible family
dysfunction, including abuse or incest. I will not force a girl
who has been abused by a family member to ask the rapist for
permission in making a difficult and heart-wrenching choice. Too
many proposed laws have failed to include common 'bypass'
provisions to protect the victims of these brutal and unspeakable

Kerry mischaracterized the content of virtually all parental
involvement laws, which have a Supreme Court-mandated bypass

In fact, states such as Texas and Michigan are working to address
the problems bypass provisions cause -- namely, the rubber-stamp
process where judges approve almost all requests for a judicial

Even leading abortion advocates acknowledge that they resort to a
practice called "judge shopping" in order to find a judge who
will approve abortions without parental involvement for virtually
any case they present.

Kerry has refused to support the Child Custody Protection Act, a
bill in Congress to stop the abuse of parental involvement laws
by abortion advocates taking teenage girls to states without such
laws for secret abortions.

In analyzing his response, the West Virginia newspaper said,
"Kerry never did answer the question concerning the vast majority
of girls seeking abortions, who are not victims of abuse by
family members."

"Most Americans are aware that Kerry's position on abortion is
ultra-liberal," the Wheeling newspaper concluded. "His refusal to
provide straight answers to questions on the issue is intended to
disguise that fact -- but it won't work."

Media, John Kerry Supporters Misuse Cardinal's Abortion Comment

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 9, 2004

Washington, DC ( -- A leading Catholic priest is
taking the media and supporters of presidential candidate John
Kerry to task for misusing a comment by a Vatican official to
make it appear that Catholics can vote for pro-abortion
candidates without violating important church teachings.

With headlines such as "Catholic Voters Given Leeway on Abortion
Rights Issue," and "Catholics Allowed Some Discretion on Abortion
Rights," media outlets nationwide have been saying Catholic
leaders are sanctioning voting for candidates that back abortion.

However, Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life,
says the media is twisting a Cardinal's words and taking a
comment out of context.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who heads the Vatican department
charged with encouraging Catholics to follow church teaching,
recently wrote a letter to Washington's Cardinal Theodore

Ratzinger said Catholics should not vote for candidates
"deliberately" because they support abortion. He also said they
could vote for pro-abortion candidates if there was a
proportionate moral reason for doing so.

However, media outlets have stopped there -- not noting that
Ratzinger said there is no proportionate reason that can justify
voting for a pro-abortion candidate. That upsets Pavone.

"Cardinal Ratzinger explicitly states the opposite of what some
are saying, namely, that we can elect pro-abortion candidates
just because we like their other positions," Father Pavone

"Moreover, the Cardinal explicitly declares in the same letter
that other issues do not carry the same weight as abortion,"
Pavone added.

Pro-abortion Catholics are also using the statement to justify
their beliefs.

Father Andrew Greeley, also a New York Daily News columnist, says
"Catholics can vote for Kerry" and "it would not be a sin to do

Pavone accused media outlets and Kerry backers of "a classic
abuse of religion" by using a leading Catholic official to
justify violence.

"There is no act of violence more brutal, or claiming more
victims than abortion. It kills 4,000 children daily in the
United States alone. Practitioners admit under oath that they
dismember and decapitate these babies," Pavone explained.

"If people try to equate that with other issues by misquoting a
Vatican Cardinal, they are guilty of the most shameless type of
abuse of religion," Pavone concluded.