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11 / 02 / 2009 - Pro-Life Event - Top experts to explain why Cork University should withdraw proposals to begin unethical embryonic stem cell research
Your invitation to the most important pro-life event this Lenten season.
Hear top experts explain why UCC should withdraw proposals
to begin unethical embryonic stem cell research
I’m delighted to send on this invitation to attend a crucially important seminar in UCC (and now, thanks to demand, in Maynooth and UCD) regarding stem cell research and the need to protect the human embryo.
As you will be aware, last October the governing body of UCC controversially approved a proposal which would allow research on human embryonic stem cell lines in the university.
In order to address this pressing issue as effectively as possible, Youth Defence have launched a major campaign, including pro-life billboards (pasted below) in Cork and across Munster this week calling for public opposition to the decision made by UCC.
As part of the same campaign, on February 17th, in conjunction with UCC Students for Life, YD will also host a seminar in UCC, featuring well-known ethicist Wesley Smith and international stem-cell expert Dr David Prentice. They have issued a challenge to Dr Deirdre Madden and President Michael Murphy of UCC to debate their proposal and the ethics of stem cell research with these experts. It remains to be seen whether they will have the courage of their convictions. YD expect both speakers to be invited to debate the issue on both national and local radio during their visit.
The seminars featuring Dr Prentice and Mr Smith will take place on Tuesday, 17th February in UCC at 7pm, in the Boole 2 theatre. Due to demand two other venues have been added – Maynooth on Wednesday 18th February at 7pm in JH3, and The Astra Hall, in the Student Centre in UCD on Thursday 19th February at 7pm.
The aim of the campaign is to raise public awareness of the issues and to encourage the public to lobby both their elected representatives and UCC to demand that plans to begin human embryonic stem cell research in the university are immediately withdrawn.
The campaign also involves a new and comprehensive information and lobbying leaflet, a media campaign, a door-to-door canvass to encourage lobbying, a drive to facilitate alumni who wish to register their protests, regular information stands, a new information-packed website, and more. Its core messages are that the human embryo is deserving of full protection; that research on human embryos have not produced one cure; and that treatments for more than 70 medical conditions have been successfully developed using adult stem cells.
We have also been gathering names of alumni of the university, who will add their names to a statement condemning the decision. Some have even offered to hand back their degrees in protest.
PLEASE MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO ATTEND THESE SUPERB SEMINARS. FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE VERY WELCOME. I CAN SEND YOU A MAP OF EITHER CAMPUS TO DIRECT YOU TO THE HALL IN EITHER OF THE UNIVERSITIES. JUST DROP ME A LINE AND I’LL BE HAPPY TO OBLIGE.
Please call Íde or Katie on 01 8730463 or 087 9219661 for any further details.
Niamh Uí Bhriain
NOTE: For more on Wesley Smith click here, and for more on Dr David Prentice click here