Stem Cell Research
Caldwell County Right to Life and North Carolina Right to Life (NCRTL) oppose embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) and using tax dollars to pay for ESCR. Embryonic stem cell research requires that a living human being at the earliest stages of development be destroyed in order to harvest stem cells. To date, there have been no therapies using ESCR.
CCRtL and NCRTL support Adult Stem Cell Research (ASCR) and the use of tax dollars to fund ASCR research. ASCR uses stem cells found in cord blood, the patient’s own body, etc., which does not require the destruction to human life. To date, there are 73 therapies using ASCR and there are researchers who are abandoning the embryo destroying ESCR in favor of Adult Stem Cell Research. ASCR does not have the ethical concerns implicit with Embryonic Stem Cell Research.