Convention sets LCMS position on stem-cell research

HOUSTON — In an overwhelmingly favorable vote, delegates to the 63rd Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod adopted Resolution 6-02 supporting adult stem-cell research that does not involve the destruction of human life.

Noting that stem cells have potential to treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, sickle-cell anemia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and others, the resolution received “yes” votes from 96.6 percent of the delegates.

The resolution states opposition to embryonic stem-cell research that destroys human life and has not yet shown success for treatment of diseases in humans. It further urges LCMS members to give public witness against the destruction of human life with embryonic stem-cell research and to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

The theme of the convention, meeting July 14-19 in Houston, is “One Message—Christ! His Love Is Here for You!”

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