Patricia Heaton, Sports Stars Rebut Michael J. Fox on Missouri Stem Cell Ad

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 25, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Patricia Heaton, Sports Stars Rebut Michael J. Fox on Missouri Stem Cell Ad Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 25
, 2006

St. Louis, MO ( — Pro-life advocates in Missouri have prepared a response ad to one that actor Michael J. Fox has made in numerous states that contains misleading information about pro-life candidates and their views on stem cell research. The new ads feature St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan and stars Jim Caviezel of "The Passion of Christ."

Fox recorded an ad that aired during the first game of the World Series and St. Louis-area voters were falsely told that pro-life Sen. Jim Talent, who is in one of the nation’s closest Senate races, does not support stem cell research.

"Amendment 2 claims to ban human cloning, but in the 2000 words you won’t read, it makes cloning a constitutional right," Suppan says in the ad.

Suppan will be pitching for the Cardinals tonight and the ad is slated to be shown during the World Series.

The ad also features former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, Patricia Heaton of the hit comedy series Everybody Loves Raymond, and Kansas City Royals star Mike Sweeney.

"This is a powerful response to the misleading ads about Amendment 2," Cathy Ruse, a spokeswoman for Missourians Against Human Cloning, tells

"The truth is, Amendment 2 would create a constitutional right to human cloning and human egg trafficking in Missouri," Ruse says. "We are so pleased to have this kind of star power behind our efforts to expose the deceptions in Amendment 2.

In the television commercial, Heaton tells viewers how Amendment 2 will exploit women.

"Amendment two actually makes it a constitutional right for fertility clinics to pay women for their eggs. Low income women will be seduced by big checks. And extracting eggs is an extremely complicated, dangerous and painful procedure," Heaton warns.

In the Missouri commercial Fox did, he makes inaccurate generalizations about stem cell research.

“In Missouri, you can elect Claire McCaskill, who shares my hope for cures,” Fox tells viewers urging them to support the pro-abortion, pro-cloning candidate.

"Unfortunately Senator Jim Talent opposes expanding stem cell research," Fox claims. "Senator Talent even wanted to criminalize the science that gives us a chance for hope."

Though the ad makes it appear Talent opposes all kinds of stem cell research, he has voted in favor of spending millions in federal funds for adult stem cell research, the only kind of research that has ever cured a single patient.

What Talent has opposed is forcing taxpayers to pay for studies using embryonic stem cells, which can only be obtained by destroying human life.

A new study by Steven Goldman and colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center finds embryonic stem cells cause tumors when inserted into rats that have Parkinson’s.

As a result, patients like Fox would likely be killed or face severe problems if treated with embryonic stem cells.

Related web sites:
Amendment 2 video –
Missourians Against Human Cloning –