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Reform Jewish Leader Condemns Dobson’s Comparison of Stem Cell Research and Nazi Experimentation
In response to the recent statement of Dr. James Dobson, comparing stem cell research and Nazi experiments during the Holocaust, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, "To link for political purposes research on blastocysts that will be destroyed anyway (research done to eliminate diseases that afflict countless millions of human beings) and the Nazi’s inherent efforts to destroy the Jewish people while utilizing them as less than human beings (including for torturous scientific experimentation) to fulfill their pseudo-scientific and ideological goals is abhorrent."

Saperstein: To link for political purposes research on blastocysts that will be destroyed anyway (research done to eliminate diseases that afflict countless millions of human beings) and the Nazi’s inherent efforts to destroy the Jewish people while utilizing them as less than human beings (including for torturous scientific experimentation) to fulfill their pseudo-scientific and ideological goals is abhorrent.

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Washington DC – August 5, 2005 - In response to the recent statement of Dr. James Dobson, comparing stem cell research and Nazi experiments during the Holocaust, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

As scientists, public officials and interested Americans consider the potential of scientific developments, including stem cell research, Dr. Dobson’s recent comments contrasting stem cell research and Nazi experiments on Jews and other victims of the Holocaust are reprehensible.  To link for political purposes research on blastocysts that will be destroyed anyway (research done to eliminate diseases that afflict countless millions of human beings) and the Nazi’s inherent efforts to destroy the Jewish people while utilizing them as less than human beings (including for torturous scientific experimentation) to fulfill their pseudo-scientific and ideological goals is abhorrent.

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