Missouri Pro-Life Groups Kick Off Campaign Against Human Cloning Prop

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 28, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 28
, 2006

Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in Missouri recently kicked off their media campaign against Amendment 2, the measure that would have the state promoting human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. The campaign begins with radio spots highlighting some of the deceptions of the proposed constitutional amendment.

“The media campaign extends our continuous effort to share the truth about this purposely deceptive amendment with Missouri voters," Jaci Winship, the director of Missourians Against Human Cloning, said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained.

"Our successful grassroots campaign has gained momentum and educated thousands of voters across the state," Winthrop added. "We are now expanding our effort to reach the broad spectrum of voters who have only been exposed to the proponents misleading media assault."

The radio spots feature J. Michael Conoyer, MD, who is the president of Midwest ENT Centre. Conoyer has been actively involved in the St. Louis area medical community, as well as, numerous charitable and civic organizations.

In the ad, Conoyer speaks with a patient of his who has questions about Amendment 2.

"Won’t this amendment insure cures for serious diseases?" the patient asks.

"That’s what the supporters want you to believe," Conoyer replies.

"However, no treatments or cures of ANY human illness have come from embryonic stem cell research," Conoyer says in the ad. "Real hope lies in adult stem cell research…an issue that wouldn’t require a change to our constitution."

The new campaign is important because a poll conducted by Survey USA earlier this month found 52 percent of Missouri residents would back Amendment 2 while 24 percent are opposed and another 24 percent are undecided.

The Survey USA poll found men backed Amendment 2 by a 51-25 margin and women backed it 54-23 percent. Younger Missouri residents were less likely to support it while those over 65 were the most likely.

Republicans opposed the measure by a 31-46 percent margin with Democrats (71-7) and Independents (53-21) backing it.

Black Missourians were the most supportive while Hispanics were the most opposed to it. White Missouri residents were in the middle.

KCTV-TV in Kansas City and KSDK-TV in St. Louis sponsored the poll.

Related web sites:
Missourians Against Human Cloning – https://www.nocloning.org