Responses to State Journal articles on stem-cell research
To the editor:
The Wisconsin State Journal, a staunch advocate of embryonic cell research, declined to print these two letters contesting their viewpoint.
Re: Professor Ian Duncan's letter on "The untruths of stem-cell research":
At one time all of us, including professors and numbskulls like myself, were "tiny pre-implantable blastocysts." But we were humans, not turnips. Humans should not be destroyed for the sake of other humans regardless of their size.
Somewhere on this planet resides a tiny blastocyst who might be lucky enough to escape an embryonic cell research lab and survive to become an umbilical-cord stem-cell researcher at UW.
Re: your editorial brush-off of human embryos:
"The vast majority of the public - including many Republicans - doesn't have a problem with manipulating a small number of tiny cells destined to be destroyed anyway . . .
"Such eggs - which amount to clumps of cells so small they can't be seen by the naked eye - would be thrown out regardless of whether or not they would be used for stem-cell research."
We have now reached the point where we dispose of tiny humans as though they were lab rats.
Joseph Fogerty, Madison
New community promotes life
To the editor,
Most faithful Catholics are disgusted by legal abortion in our country. The common theme while discussing it, however, seems to be that no one knows what they can do about it. Many feel that they can't make a difference against the political machines pushing for death in our country.
Well, God has heard our prayers for life. He is developing a new group of foot soldiers to fight the culture of death and they need our support. They are the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, and they are a community of Catholic missionaries whose sole purpose is to "train for and carry out the mission of full-time pro-life work."
Fr. Frank Pavone and the Priests for Life are building a base of operations for this new religious order in Amarillo, Texas. From there they will branch out throughout the country and world, fighting the current holocaust of abortion.
Join me in supporting them in our prayers and financial support! I truly feel that God has heard our pleas to end this evil and he is building up an army to do so. Check it out at www.priestsforlife.org or send donations to Priests for Life, P.O. Box 141172, Staten Island, N.Y. 10314-9920.
Remember, evil only needs good Christians to remain silent in order to succeed!
Tom Renz, Waterloo
Article had effect on voting
To the editor:
I thought you might like to know the tangible effect your article about me had on the vote in the Madison Diocese. Statewide, I won in eight of 72 counties. Six of those eight counties are in the Madison Diocese. My total percentage in the Madison Diocese was 51.89 percent. In no other region of the state did I do so well as in this diocese.
The result of this one race has had the ancillary effect of proving unequivocally that, one, Catholics vote in primaries; two, that they read their Catholic papers; and three, that Catholic papers clearly influence for whom their readers vote.
Nicholas J. Voegeli, Sun Prairie
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