Scientists In Michigan Engage in Clone-and-Kill Human Research

University scientists in Michigan reportedly have developed a new technique to rapidly create “embryoids” — living organisms that are very similar to ordinary human embryos — in a lab.

According to an article published in Nature, researchers created the “embryoids” from embryonic stem cells as well as adult stem cells. Scientists experimented on the embryoids for a few days, and then apparently destroyed them.

There are several problems with this research:

First, it used embryonic stem cells to create the embryoids.

Embryonic stem cells are harvested from healthy unborn babies during the embryonic stage of development. Scientists create or clone an unborn child and then harvest its embryonic stem cells soon afterward, killing the child in the process.

Embryonic stem cell research is highly unethical, which is why it is illegal in some states — including Arkansas — and why there has always been controversy over efforts to fund embryonic stem cell research with public tax dollars. The fact that researchers used embryonic stem cells to create some of their “embryoids” is a real problem.

Second, the “embryoids” researchers created in the lab arguably are human embryos who simply are missing a couple of parts.

Researchers noted that the embryoids were similar to human embryos, but they lacked a placenta and yolk sac that develops into the umbilical cord and gastrointestinal tract.

But the placenta and yolk sac are not what make human embryos living, sacred human beings. An umbilical cord does not make an unborn child a “person” any more than an arm or a lung does. Scientists apparently want to argue that an embryo isn’t really an embryo if it’s missing a part or two. That’s very troubling.

Third, these “embryo structures,” as one of the researchers called them, were created, experimented on, and then killed in the name of science.

Over and over again we’ve seen scientists clone-and-kill human embryos in labs across America and around the world. As we have said for 20 years, this type of research simply is unethical.

Unborn children — including human embryos — aren’t lab material. All scientific research must respect the sanctity and dignity of human life.

Read more about this story from NPR.

Read the research article here.

State Lottery Puts Up Dismal Numbers for Second Month in a Row

This week the Arkansas Lottery released its financial reports for the month of August.

The report shows that the Arkansas Lottery took in nearly $40.9 million last month, but paid less than $5 million to college scholarships — about 12% of all the money the Arkansas Lottery made.

In July, the Lottery set aside only $4.5 million for scholarships, making it one of the Lottery’s worst months since 2014.

August was one of the Arkansas Lottery’s top 20 months from the past five years when it came to gross revenue. But August was the Arkansas Lottery’s fifth worst month in the past five years when it came to college scholarships.

In other words, lottery revenue appears to be just fine, but the Lottery Office isn’t budgeting very much money for college scholarships.

The Arkansas Lottery is notorious for putting other priorities ahead of the scholarships it is supposed to fund, but the Lottery Office is only two months into Fiscal Year 2020, and already its scholarship budget is near a five-year low.

Below is a breakdown of Lottery revenue and scholarship funding so far this fiscal year.

Month Gross Lottery Revenue Paid to Scholarships % Gross Revenue
July $41,239,173.79 $4,523,930.75 11.0%
August 40,899,086.75 4,942,736.97 12.1%
Total $82,138,260.54 $9,466,667.72 11.5%

Below is a look at lottery revenue and scholarship funding since Fiscal Year 2015.

Month Gross Lottery Revenue Paid to Scholarships % Gross Revenue
July, 2014 30,925,067.43 5,928,447.99 19.17%
August, 2014 31,571,412.10 5,296,965.80 16.78%
September, 2014 30,710,493.31 4,317,227.10 14.06%
October, 2014 32,959,739.29 5,939,625.59 18.02%
November, 2014 30,617,278.28 5,577,035.16 18.22%
December, 2014 34,507,731.54 5,474,318.77 15.86%
January, 2015 35,433,619.67 7,287,773.28 20.57%
February, 2015 41,770,314.46 6,161,343.01 14.75%
March, 2015 37,367,453.25 6,898,524.35 18.46%
April, 2015 33,866,970.54 5,881,005.95 17.37%
May, 2015 35,689,036.10 5,409,050.48 15.16%
June, 2015 33,815,559.59 8,278,928.14 24.48%
July, 2015 31,665,651.14 5,784,683.09 18.27%
August, 2015 31,265,177.55 5,490,094.00 17.56%
September, 2015 36,134,389.63 6,624,967.11 18.33%
October, 2015 35,261,533.80 6,020,642.32 17.07%
November, 2015 32,226,599.28 5,725,139.09 17.77%
December, 2015 38,670,746.09 6,425,754.66 16.62%
January, 2016 58,746,249.00 13,831,359.75 23.54%
February, 2016 40,790,144.05 4,474,356.06 10.97%
March, 2016 40,579,421.05 5,758,892.84 14.19%
April, 2016 37,516,802.47 7,392,837.00 19.71%
May, 2016 38,485,146.05 6,606,164.94 17.17%
June, 2016 34,983,951.24 11,249,220.37 32.16%
July, 2016 38,237,293.92 8,714,386.39 22.79%
August, 2016 35,091,022.09 5,498,714.86 15.67%
September, 2016 33,113,391.64 5,773,076.42 17.43%
October, 2016 34,061,993.14 5,165,040.54 15.16%
November, 2016 37,042,079.72 6,570,979.51 17.74%
December, 2016 35,352,159.35 4,596,532.22 13.00%
January, 2017 37,062,291.39 7,947,546.21 21.44%
February, 2017 41,176,854.60 6,698,099.62 16.27%
March, 2017 43,405,541.56 6,204,704.75 14.29%
April, 2017 38,671,617.14 7,845,827.56 20.29%
May, 2017 38,185,263.61 7,068,770.18 18.51%
June, 2017 38,517,227.85 13,193,652.18 34.25%
July, 2017 36,885,396.81 6,661,762.99 18.06%
August, 2017 49,320,459.23 8,912,741.54 18.07%
September, 2017 36,405,731.14 6,755,333.93 18.56%
October, 2017 39,802,740.53 5,667,305.74 14.24%
November, 2017 36,186,107.78 6,691,228.00 18.49%
December, 2017 44,716,219.32 6,583,355.77 14.72%
January, 2018 44,063,056.11 8,230,861.00 18.68%
February, 2018 39,389,927.57 5,947,647.50 15.10%
March, 2018 53,523,320.61 7,945,570.02 14.85%
April, 2018 42,064,194.78 7,192,997.10 17.10%
May, 2018 40,447,182.69 8,037,624.80 19.87%
June, 2018 37,685,874.97 13,364,612.64 35.46%
July, 2018 42,413,352.70 5,066,628.73 11.95%
August, 2018 40,343,279.62 6,175,998.40 15.31%
September, 2018 35,198,809.72 7,783,450.82 22.11%
October, 2018 57,575,285.62 11,259,040.31 19.56%
November, 2018 37,700,016.00 6,821,411.01 18.09%
December, 2018 45,859,642.73 6,650,791.54 14.50%
January, 2019 40,574,813.28 7,848,495.62 19.34%
February, 2019 41,060,111.75 8,198,257.31 19.97%
March, 2019 51,988,380.67 8,552,307.04 16.45%
April, 2019 43,951,257.94 8,176,383.34 18.60%
May, 2019 41,158,346.08 8,396,193.42 20.40%
June, 2019 38,413,526.87 13,482,789.59 35.10%
July, 2019 41,239,173.79 4,523,930.75 10.97%
August, 2019 40,899,086.75 4,942,736.97 12.09%