Just A Catholic Dad 35 – JDRF Correction.

I have a correction to the information contained in JACD35:  ‘JDRF, as almost all charities devoted to medical research, does support embryonic stem cell research to some extent. HOWEVER, JDRF does recognize that embryonic stem cell research is morally unacceptable to some. Thus, JDRF does allow the donation to be designated to non-embryonic stem cell research efforts (i.e., the Artificial Pancreas Project), and that such money donated in that manner will NOT result in the diversion of other funds to support the embryonic stem cell research.’

4 Responses to Just A Catholic Dad 35 – JDRF Correction.

  1. Fisherman says:

    Just letting you know that although your suggestions sounds good, i.e. about “earmarking” money not to be used for ESC research, it does not work. What ends up happening is that JDRF can now free up money that they were going to put to fund X into ESC research because you are now funding X. Money donated is fungible. Something to think about.

    • Tom.B says:

      Fisherman, my late-Stepdad had two grandaughters with Type 1 Diabetes. Because of this family connection, I know for a fact that JDRF allows teams that participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes to direct the funds to the Artificial Pancreas Project, and that money designated in this manner is not used to enable other money to be diverted for embryonic stem cell research.

      What do other medical research charities do? I can’t answer that. Sean’s research for JACD shows that it’s almost impossible to know the right questions to ask of who (i.e., how many Catholics know that some vaccination development was unethical from a right to life standpoint).

      I think that’s the message Sean started with. The ends do not justify the means. You need to research the charities that you give to the best of your ability, and let them know that regardless of the good that they do, you don’t want your money going to the bad… ESC, to fund abortions, or in any other way support the culture of death that has emerged.

      If enough people let charities know they care enough to ask before they donate…. Well, let’s just say “money talks”!

      God Bless

  2. Fisherman says:

    Tom.B, It is great that you can verify that. Yes, you do the best you can to verify where the money goes and donate to the charities that are acceptable. I had to phone the MS Society and talk to the Vice President of Research to get their position statement on ESC research. They told me they were open do conducting ESC research if that area becomes promising. They also told me that that they would use surplus embryos in their research (this is in Canada). I will not be donating to them, unfortunately.

    God Bless

  3. Sean says:

    Hi Fisherman and Tom,

    Sorry for my tardiness in replying. Thank you so much for contributing to this minefield of a debate. I kind of finish the subject (for the time being) on Just A Catholic Dad 36. I think that all we can do is ‘exercise due vigilance’ and follow our informed conscience. The danger is that we can over-focus on the potential misuse of our charitable donations and, in the end, give nothing at all for fear of that potential misuse.

    I know that I will be very careful about which charities I give to in the future, and I suspect that I will stick to a few Catholic, non-research or nursing care charities and, should I be asked to donate to another charity about which I do not have sufficient information by a friend or colleague, politely decline and resolve to make an extra donation to my ‘chosen ones’.

    I’m sure that we’ll get back to this subject in the future!!

    God Bless


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