Testimony in Support of HB611


Joint Committee on Public health
May 10, 2010

Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI) is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to strengthening the family and the traditional Judeo-Christian values upon which the family is based. We support HB 611 because it seeks to prevent the use of living human embryos solely for the purpose of destroying them. Embryonic stem cells are obtained by harvesting them from living embryos, up to 14 days old. HB 611 calls for reprogrammed human skin cells to be used as embryonic stem cells, thus negating the need to destroy human embryos in the name of science.

We agree with the United Nations in their opposition to the creation of human embryos solely for their destruction because it is a violation of human rights and an exploitation of women. The high demand for human eggs to create embryos will foster the exploitation of women, especially poor women, who will choose to donate their eggs in exchange for monetary consideration. Millions of women will be affected as this research goes forward. The procedure to obtain human eggs uses powerful drugs to suppress and stimulate the ovaries in order to produce an extraordinary number of eggs, which will then be harvested. This procedure has resulted in hospitalization and even death in some cases. Many of the drugs have not been studied for long-term safety nor have been FDA approved.

Human embryos are human subjects. The medical profession has known and acknowledged this for over a century. At this time in history, when modern technology has enabled us to unmistakably see and understand the intricacies of human development, we must appreciate and defend now more than ever the standards of human dignity. We need legislation that promotes research that we can all live with.

Please give HB 611 a favorable report.


Maureen Vacca
Director of Public Policy


More Posts

ICYMI Discover School Options in MA Webinar

Did you miss our recent Discover School Options in MA webinar? Don’t worry, we recorded it for you! Parents have had enough of the sexualization and woke indoctrination of their children in MA public schools. These same parents consistently turn

A win for preserving life in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Family Institute is celebrating Governor Baker’s recent veto that blocked the public funding of a defamation campaign against pregnancy resource centers (PRCs)! In the wake of Dobbs, we have seen pro-abortion extremists vandalize these life-affirming organizations, which simply provide healthcare and

Video Highlights from MFI’s 31st Annual Celebration!

What a wonderful chance to celebrate faith, family, and freedom we had this past Friday at the MFI 31st Annual Fundraising Banquet. In case you missed it, you can find the banquet’s highlights here, or watch key videos below:  MFI is First

It’s almost Bring Your Bible to School Day!

It’s that time of year again––Bring Your Bible to School Day is this Thursday, October 6th! Our national counterpart Focus on the Family has a great description of how Christian students from all over the country participate in this annual