Michael J. Fox Admits He Hasn’t Read Missouri Stem Cell Research Prop

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 30, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 30
, 2006

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Actor Michael J. Fox has been on a national crusade late in this year’s elections to promote candidates who back embryonic stem cell research. He started his campaign by slamming a pro-life candidate in Missouri and backing a massive proposal that would promote embryonic stem cell research and human cloning.

However, the actor admitted in a weekend interview that he hasn’t read the text of Missouri’s Amendment 2. He also said he opposes cloning, even though the proposition promotes it.

In an interview with ABC’s "This Week" with host George Stephanopoulos, Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, admit he hasn’t read the lengthy Missouri embryonic stem cell research proposal he supports.

"And so I have to qualify it by saying I’m not qualified to speak on the page-to-page content of the initiative," Fox admitted. Although, I am quite sure that I’ll agree with it in spirit, I don’t know, I – in full disclosure, I haven’t read it, and that’s why I didn’t put myself up for it distinctly."

Fox said he opposes human cloning, but Amendment 2 calls for human cloning for research purposes. He also said he opposes human egg farming, which the proposal could wind up promoting as well.

"We agree that we should have no human cloning. We’re against that. We’re against egg farming, that notion. We agree on all of that said Fox.

Though he hasn’t read the measure, Fox claims that pro-life advocates are wrong when they say that Amendment 2 will put the state on record promoting human cloning.

"Well, I don’t think that’s true," he told the ABC News program about pro-life concerns.

During the interview, Fox insisted he is "not a shill for the Democratic Party" and said he approached embryonic stem cell research advocates to point him to contests where backers of the destructive research opposed candidates who don’t want to force taxpayers to fund it.

"I sat down to find out what candidates are pro-stem cell in races where they’re opposed by anti-stem cell candidates," Fox said. "And I had no predisposition toward Democrats or Republicans. It’d be fine with me either way."