Michigan Governor Sued for Discrimination against Citizens Who Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research

The Thomas More Law Center announced that it has filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm for discrimination against citizens who oppose embryonic stem research. The governor currently allows private citizens to use the Office of the Governor website to submit a petition posted on the website addressed to Michigan's legislature leaders to lift Michigan's legal restrictions on stem cell research.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of three pro-life organizations, the Lansing Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, Flint-Area Right To Life, and Right To Life — Lifespan, after the governor refused their request to place a petition to the legislative leaders on the Governor's official publicly funded website, opposing efforts to lift the ban on embryonic stem cell research.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, "Governor Granholm's decision to use public funds to discriminate against citizens who disagree with her on the issue of stem cell research violates our clients' constitutional rights of speech, association, equal protection and petitioning. Her support of embryonic stem cell research demonstrates a callous disregard for human life."

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in Lansing, seeks a declaration that Granholm's policy violates the constitutional rights of those citizens who were denied equal access to, and use of, the website, as well as injunctive relief ordering Granholm to cease discriminating against citizens based on their views about legal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research in Michigan.

Patrick T. Gillen, the Law Center attorney handling the case, observed that "Granholm's use of government resources to favor citizens who agree with her views on public policy violates First Amendment and equal protection rights. It is a dangerous precedent which, if unchallenged, would enable public officials to drown out the voice of dissenters."

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  • Guest

    Pray for us in Michigan who have to endure till reason becomes the law of the land again. These past years with Jennifer have been most frustrating, all the more reason for fasting and prayer.

    "Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God , the angels, and the saints. These are your public. If you are afraid of other people's opinion, you should not have become Christian." St John Vianney

  • Guest

    This is just another example that a minority of extremely arrogant leftists has embedded itself in the media, on college campuses, and in the body politic, and must be defeated.

     

    "50% of the Chinese population do not have access to sewer treatment plants. This means that all these waste products flow directly into their lakes, rivers and oceans. Might be wise to think about this before eating the imported Chinese shrimp or that Kung Chung Pao chicken with steamed vegetables."

  • Guest

    Hey, Bambuska!  Me, too!  Is your area as depressed economically as mine?  I don't know if Michigan can survive the rest of her SECOND term!  What were Michiganders thinking?!  Our joke in Flint is, "last one out, turn out the lights!" 

    What we need now–and I mean not-later-but-NOW–is an idea for who can we get to replace her with sensible and humane policies?  It's not too early to begin supporting someone who can actually lead Michigan!

  • Guest

    God loves you .

    FLINT – home of the bubbly Mikey Moore – a Joe Goebbels fan if ever there was one. Future governor, maybe?

    Michigan seems to have created so many such arrogant know-better-know-nothings.

    Here in Illinois, we are doing our best at keeping up with you. I mean, having them and then electing them; Chicago-Hizzoner Daley – Gov.Blagojevich – Sen.Durbin – Sen.Obama – (Cook County hand-down-from-Daddy President) Stroger – and four of the five are purportedly Catholic!

    Yes, we have ‘leadership’ all over our land – if you mean the kind of ‘lead’ that weighs down and sinks.

    Remember, I love you, too

    Reminding that we are all on the same side – His,

    Pristinus Sapienter

    (wljewell @catholicexchange.com or … yahoo.com)

  • Guest

    God loves you .

    ;) Yo, Michiganders – just ran into this -

    The Creation Of Michigan

    Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael the archangel found him, resting on the seventh day. He inquired of God, “Where have you been?”

    God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, “Look Michael, look what I’ve made.”

    Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, “What is it?”

    “It’s a planet,” replied God, “and I’ve put Life on it. I’m going to call it Earth and it’s going to be a great place of balance.”

    “Balance?”, inquired Michael, still confused.

    God explained, pointing to different parts of earth, “For example, this one will be extremely hot and arid while this one will be very cold and covered in ice. Northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth while southern Europe is going to be poor. The Middle East over there will be a hot spot. Over here I’ve placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people,” God continued, pointing to different countries. “Some of these will learn to live together, and make a wonderful blend.”

    The Archangel, impressed by God’s work, then pointed to a large land mass and said, “What’s that one?”

    “Ah,” said God. “That’s Michigan, the most glorious place on earth. You’ll notice that it is made in the fashion of My hand, the Hand of God. There are beautiful lakes, rivers, sunsets and rolling hills. The people from Michigan are going to be modest, intelligent and humorous and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hard working and high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace.”

    Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed, “What about balance, God? You said there would be balance!”

    God replied wisely, “Wait until you see the idiots I’m putting around them in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Canada.”

    ;)

    Remember, I love you, too

    Reminding that we are all on the same side – His,

    Pristinus Sapienter

    (wljewell @catholicexchange.com or … yahoo.com)

  • Guest

     wljewell,

    Thankyou so much for that delightful piece. But I'm just abiding here in the Mitten of God. I'm by nature a southern gal, and when June 21st comes around, I get a little blue knowing that the snow will be flying soon. 

    "Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God , the angels, and the saints. These are your public. If you are afraid of other people's opinion, you should not have become Christian." St John Vianney

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