Friday, July 31, 2009

Teaching Kids to Kill Embryos

A New Generation of Stem Cell Workers

“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!” —President Ronald Reagan

Life Legal Defense Foundation continues to watchdog the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and in doing so found the latest attempt to promulgate embryonic stem cell research by “educating” children.

Let us introduce you to Senate Bill 471. Titled “The California Stem Cell and Biotechnology Education and Workforce Development Act of 2009,” the purpose of SB 471 is purportedly to train up a new generation of biotechnology workers. It promotes stronger links among industry sectors, the regenerative medicine institute, and California public schools.

At the time this story was written SB 471 sits in the Assembly appropriations committee. The following is a summary of what SB 471 will invoke should it become law.

SB 471 would amend the California education code to require the state department of education, in consultation with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and representatives of the biotechnology industry, to promote stem cell and biotechnology education and workforce development in existing programs. To this end, the act encourages collaboration between education policymakers, public agencies and industry organizations. 
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