Proposal to Lift Tax-Funding Ban on Animal Human Hybrids
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Cincinnati, OH), August 31, 2016: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is proposing lifting the ban on tax funding for research that mixes human stem cells with animal embryos to create chimeras, that is creatures with part animal and part human elements.
The National Institutes of Health announced the funding ban last September, but an increased interest in this research and what will result has initiated the proposed change.
“If the funding ban is lifted, this means the federal government will spend our tax dollars to create and manipulate new animal human hybrid creatures,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “This will wreak havoc by blurring the distinction between human beings and and non-human animals.
Bioethicists are raising serious concerns, especially that scientists might create animals with part human brains that might have some kind of human awareness or intelligence, or that created chimeras could breed a combination of human/animal embryos.
The National Institutes of Health is accepting public comment on the proposed changes through September 6th, with the desire to draft its final policy and lift the ban by late January 2017.
ACTION: Submit public comment to oppose this unethical research at the Human Life Action Center.