Massachusetts Family Institute supports and encourages the continued use of adult stem cells in scientific research. Adult stem cells are derived from umbilical cords, placentas, bone marrow and numerous other tissues and organ systems. These viable stem cells have been used successfully in treating more than 70 diseases and conditions including leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and Parkinson’s Disease.

MFI, however, opposes all human embryonic stem cell research. Unlike adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells are harvested living embryos, a process that destroys the embryo. This research is tantamount to the creation of life for the purpose of destruction and runs counter to the American tradition of respect for the unique quality and value of each human life.