On February 9, years of pro-life efforts came to fruition in Syracuse, New York upon the opening of the Upstate Cord Blood Bank at Upstate University Hospital. The Upstate Cord Blood Bank will harvest blood from the umbilical cords of newborn children so that the stem cells within that blood can be used for research and for the treatment various genetic diseases.
Social conservatives are cheering this stem cell facility, because it is focused on life-affirming stem cell treatments. None of the moral and ethical failings of embryonic stem cell research are associated with the state’s newest cord blood bank. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom’s Executive Director, attended the ribbon cutting.
According to Syracuse.com, “[the] $15 million facility on Upstate’s Community campus on Onondaga Hill is the second cord blood bank in the state and one of 32 nationwide… Public donors are not charged a fee and their cord blood is available to transplant centers in the U.S. and around the globe for patients needing life-saving transplants.”
Doctors and donors emphasize that the cord blood donation process is both free and convenient for families. Eventually, the hospital intends to provide for private cord blood banking for families wishing to harvest cord blood for their use, or for the use of their relatives.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms applauds Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) for his efforts to make the Upstate Cord Blood Bank a reality.