The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thomas More Law Center on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court in Lansing, Mich., against Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) alleging she has discriminated against state residents who are opposed to human embryonic stem cell research by not allowing them to post a petition on her Web site, the AP/Mlive reports. The suit was filed on behalf of the Lansing Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, Flint-Area Right To Life and Right To Life-Lifespan.

According to the AP/Mlive, Granholm on her Web site, which is supported with public funds, has a link that encourages visitors to sign a petition asking the Michigan Legislature to lift restrictions on stem cell research in the state. Law center officials said that in July they requested in writing and through a phone call that Granholm post a petition from the center's clients for stem cell research opponents to sign. Granholm's office never responded to the request, the AP/Mlive reports.

Patrick Gillen, a law center attorney who is handling the case, said Granholm is "using government resources to favor those who agree with her." Granholm spokesperson Liz Boyd said the suit is under review. "Under no circumstances will the governor abandon her fight to lift the restrictions on stem cell research in Michigan," Boyd said (Martin, AP/Mlive, 8/9).

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