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Posted by on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM
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Religious conservatives urge people to stop taking ‘ALS Challenge’ because it kills babies

By Scott Kaufman
Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:20 EDT

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Kevin McCullough of the American Family Association is urging his followers not to take “the ALS Challenge” because doing so will “kill” unborn children, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports.

The ALS Challenge is a viral movement that hopes to spread awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease” — by having individuals record video of themselves being doused with a bucket of ice cold water and posting it on social media. It has led to a dramatic increase in donations to the ALS Association — from $1.9 million at this time last year to $31.5 million this year.

But as McCullough pointed out, this money will be used to fund embryonic stem cell research, which “means that children are created and at their earliest stages of life they are destroyed so that the stem cells (from usually the base of the brain) can be harvested to perform tests with.”

According to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, “all the human embryonic stem cell lines currently in use come from four to five day old embryos left over from in vitro fertilization. After a couple has completed their family, they must decide what to do with any remaining embryos. In some states, couples can also choose to donate the frozen embryos for research. These donated embryos are the source of human embryonic stem cell lines.”

Still, McCullough insisted that “[t]here should be no forced taking of any innocent person’s life just so that another may live longer. That is in essence philosophical cannibalism and moral persons should have no part in it.”

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati agreed with that statement, noting that Pope John Paul II specifically forbid Catholics from donating to ALS related charities. In 2003, he said that “any treatment which claims to save human lives, yet is based upon the destruction of human life in its embryonic state, is logically and morally contradictory, as is any production of human embryos for the direct or indirect purpose of experimentation or eventual destruction.”

[Screen capture of Bill Gates taking the ALS Challenge via YouTube]

by on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM
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by SenseandSensibility on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:48 PM
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Yes, because four or five day old conceptions, undifferentiated, are more important than already born persons.
by on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM
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by on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM
I'm not going there
by Member on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM
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Those" babies" will die anyhow. The unused embroys are either donated-or destroyed.  No one will pay to keep them in long term storage, and indeed if they do, the blastocytes will become unviable after a few years (no one knows for sure how long)

So the un implanted embryos either

1) get donated to other couples

2) get donated for research

3) get destroyed

4) are kept frozen and eventually become unviable.

So you can choose life with other parents-or to help already living people remain alive-or death.

I think the first 2 choices are the best ones .  Think of it like organ donation.

by Gold Member on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:56 PM
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So... can't they create a blastocyst in the lab?  That blastocyst will never develop into anything further, because it doesn't have a womb to live in.  So why not use that to find a cure?

by on Aug. 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM
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I see a trend---whenver there is a news item from the American Family Association people, it displays what kind of judgmental, biased,undereducated dorks they are.

by on Aug. 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Oh brother.

by Emerald Member on Aug. 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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Baby Killer!!!

"That is cold."

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney completed the ice bucket challenge on Thursday with a chuckle and a classic response.

by Emerald Member on Aug. 22, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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More baby killers..

by Bronze Member on Aug. 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM
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Good grief. 

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