California researchers want the state's voters to approve more money for an unethical research.
In 2004, after then-President Bush declined federal funds for embryonic stem cell research, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine was formed to raise money for research on human embryos. Voters approved a $3 billion bond issue, and interest cost another $3 billion.
Critics claim not once has the research in the last 14 years proven any value in treating any diseases, although proponents convinced voters it would.
Brian Johnston of the California Pro-Life Council says there is one word – "scientism" – that defines it.
"And certain doctors think, Well, if it can be done it should be done, so we're going to do it anyways," he says. "It's been proven wrong. Billions of dollars have been spent on this and now they want more."
In fact, researchers are launching the process to put it on the ballot in 2020 asking taxpayers to approve another $5 billion.
Johnston says science can be used as a worthwhile tool it it's done for moral reasons but any taxpayers' money raised, he says, will go for an immoral cause.
Adult stem cells, which are ethical, have been researched and are being used to treat more than 80 diseases and medical conditions so far.