by Steven Ertelt
October 26, 2006
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Doctors from across Missouri joined leaders of a national Christian medical group at a press conference Thursday to speak out against Amendment 2, a controversial ballot initiative that would promote human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. They said the measure has numerous problems.
Russ Dieterich, MD, who is the head of the Missouri task force of physicians for the Christian Medical Association, said he’s worried the amendment is deceiving state residents.
“When Missourians go to the polls, the description on the ballot leads them to believe they are voting against human cloning when they actually will be voting to protect it," he said.
Dr. Dieterich is also concerned about the cost to taxpayers.
“The wording of the amendment states that state and local government cannot withhold or deny funding for lawful stem cell research," he said. "This would mean that Missouri tax dollars would be spent on human cloning.”
Meanwhile, J. Lynn Teague, MD, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, said the measure would put the state on record advocating the destruction of human life.
"Early stem cell research, somatic cell nuclear transfer, whatever you want to call it–is cloning," Dr. Teague asserted. "It’s making a person–a very tiny person."
Rob Hanson, MD, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist at St. John’s Mercy Medical Hospital, said Missouri voters also need to understand that Amendment 2 could lea to the exploitation of women.
"It’s more than just dangerous," Dr. Hanson said. "It puts women into a position of being commodified because a woman would presumably be paid to undergo treatment and then undergo surgery in order to procure these very valuable eggs for this technology.”
David Stevens, MD, the director of the 17,000-member Christian Medical Association explained why so many Missouri doctors have come out against Amendment 2.
"This amendment is simply not in the best interest of their patients," he explained.
"Besides legalizing human cloning, this plan would also endanger women’s health and siphon off funds from realistic routes to cures. Why would anyone want to enshrine medical folly in the state’s constitution?" Stevens said.