In today’s Kansas City Star
“Backers of a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot to support stem-cell research in Missouri raised nearly $12.7 million in the last quarter, campaign reports showed Monday.
Meanwhile, three opposing groups reported raising $1.2 million, according to reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Amendment 2, the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, would permit scientists to conduct all federally allowed stem-cell research while placing certain restrictions on research techniques. Some opponents said the initiative could lead to cloning.
The Coalition for Lifesaving Cures raised $12.68 million from July 15 to Oct. 15, reports show. The group raised $28.74 million in the past year, with about $28 million of that from James and Virginia Stowers, who created the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
Groups opposing the initiative also filed reports. Missourians Against Human Cloning said it raised $225,085 in the quarter and $466,699 overall. Missouri Roundtable for Life raised $746,670 for the quarter and $775,568 overall. The Life Communications Fund raised $230,700 in the quarter and $231,677 in total.”
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.