Over the past few weeks, the opposition to Proposal 2 people have been fighting against common sense, dignity and just plan goodness. Mostly funded by the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, the No to 2 people have been making such ridiculous and patently false claims that it makes Richard Nixon look like a saint.
Proposal 2 will provide for safe and ethical research as permitted under federal law;
Proposal 2 will keep in force Michigan’s ban against cloning; and,
Proposal 2 will allow doctors and researchers to use voluntarily donated leftover embryos for finding cures and saving lives. These leftover embryos are currently thrown away as medical waste.
Why is Proposal 2 necessary in Michigan? Because under the current state law, Michigan criminalizes the use of new embryonic stem cells to find cures—researchers can be fined up to $10 million and imprisoned up to 10 years. That means researchers at our top institutions and even private medical research facilities are being forced to make a choice--research and jail or losing time and money.
The No to 2 people are right about one thing--this is a moral issue. This is an issue about whether you want people with severe spinal injuries to have the hope to walk again. This is an issue about whether you want people with chronic illnesses, like me, to live a pain free life. This is an issue about whether you want people with Alzheimer's and Dementia, like Nana Grace, to have a second chance at their golden years. So if you believe in those things, you believe in voting yes to Proposal 2.
Part of the problem now is that people are being fed these lies about Proposal 2 and it's alleged potential for raising tax revenue s, allowing unethical use of human embryos and so on-- all false claims mind you. The reason this matters--the No to 2 people have more money and captive audiences.
I have a grand daughter that is a Straight A student, takes college classes so she can graduate early and works 20 hours in a retail store where she is due a promotion after almost a year. She wants more than anything to serve her country and has been planning on going into the service as soon as she graduates in a few months.
She has been sick for 3 years and now after many awful tests, including 2 colonoscopies, endoscopies and other such tests, they are quite sure she has Crohns. She is 17 years old. We must help the dedicated children like Rachael to live a normal life, so she can follow her dream to help others and serve her country. They won't take her into the service with Crohn's. She is devastated. Her loving Grandma, Colorado