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SPUC condemns new embryonic stem cell bank

19 May 2004

SPUC condemns new embryonic stem cell bank WESTMINSTER, 19 MAY - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has condemned the opening of the world's first stem cell bank. The bank will store embryonic and foetal stem cells from test tube babies and aborted babies, as well as adult stem cells which offer an ethical foundation for research. A spokeswoman for SPUC said: "A great many inflated, exaggerated promises are being made to render embryonic stem cell research acceptable to the public, but research based on the exploitation and destruction of human life at its earliest stages can never be justified. It is a day of shame for Britain that we as a nation are leading the way in an area of science that disregards the most fundamental of human rights: the right to life. SPUC gives wholehearted support to ethical research using adult stem cells which already offers genuine promise to those suffering from debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes. Killing embryos has yet to provide any benefit." For further information, contact Paul Tully on 0207 2225845 or 07939 178719, or John Smeaton on 07785 325808

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