Stem cell funding stirs Wisconsin fight

Catholic leaders express concerns to governor
The battle over stem cell research has surfaced in Wisconsin, and both parties are members of the Catholic Church.

Democratic governor Jim Doyle announced in late April that the state would invest $5 million to recruit companies in the stem cell industry to the state. Doyle’s goal was for Wisconsin to have at least 10 percent of the market by 2015—in a race joined by states from California to Massachusetts.

In response, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee and Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison wrote to Doyle expressing concerns with his plan for Wisconsin to invest in and eventually profit from embryonic stem cell research.


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