Missouri Pro-Life Advocates Rally Against Embryonic Stem Cell Research Prop
by Steven Ertelt
August 1, 2006
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates rallied hundreds of Missouri residents at a local church on Monday night against a November ballot proposal that would have the state endorse embryonic stem cell research and human cloning. They heard from preaches, politicians and scientists who said the research is over-hyped.
The rally was the first in a series of statewide events to educate voters and build support against the proposal and about 850 people attended.
Those in attendance heard former presidential candidate and UN ambassador Alan Keyes talk about the destruction of human life in embryonic stem cell research.
Rev. Rick Scarborough, a Baptist pastor from Texas, told the multi-denominational audience at Concord Baptist Church they should work to defeat the measure.
"If the church is silent, then she will get what she deserves," Scarborough said, according to an AP report. "But if the church rises up, then we will turn back evil forces, and we will be successful."
Meanwhile, Shao-Chun Chang, a professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, told the crowd that adult stem cell research shows considerably more promise than the use of embryonic stem cells.
Chang said supporters of the proposal are overstating the possibility that embryonic stem cells will cure diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other life-threatening ailments.
However, Donn Rubin of the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, which is backing the
human cloning initiative, accused the rally organizers of "purposely creating a smoke screen of misleading information."
He also told AP that Missouri residents shouldn’t care what Keyes or Scarborough had to say because they are both from other states.
"These are people who don’t work here, they don’t live here, they don’t vote here and they and their families don’t get health care here," said Rubin, who did not attend the rally.
Rallies are also planned for Cape Girardeau and St. Louis later this month and Kansas City and Springfield between now and November.