MRFL President Fred Sauer Pens Open Letter to Missouri Senator Tom Dempsey Regarding Recent Trip to Israel

MRFL Press Release

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 18, 2013

Contact: Molly 314-854-1305

MRFL President Fred Sauer Pens Open Letter to Missouri Senator Tom Dempsey Regarding Recent Trip to Israel

St. Louis-March 18, 2013-Missouri Roundtable For Life President Fred Sauer has written an open letter to Missouri Senator Tom Dempsey objecting to his recent visit to Israel in December of this past year. MoBIO, a special interest group that is opposed to pro-life protections that would prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortion and embryo-destructive experimentation, was an organizer of the trip.

A group of politicians, Senator Dempsey among them, traveled with the executive director of MoBIO to visit Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadasseh University Medical Center is a hub of human embryo experimentation.

Dempsey and his fellow politicians met with the CEO of Hadasit, Hadassah’s technology transfer company. Hadasit is responsible for commercializing cell lines produced by destroying human embryos.

Dempsey voted for the so-called Missouri Science Innovation and Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) in 2011. MOSIRA was a special interest scheme supported by MoBIO that would have allowed taxpayer funding of abortion and embryo-destructive experimentation. MOSIRA was struck down in 2012 in response to a legal action filed by Missouri Roundtable For Life.

Dempsey has received at least $24,000 in campaign contributions from special interest groups that support human embryo experimentation.

Fred Sauer’s letter points out that recent advances have rendered embryo-destructive experimentation obsolete. Scientists can now produce pluripotent human stem cells from easily obtainable adult cells without resorting to destroying human embryos.

“Missouri taxpayers do not want their public funds spent on abortion and obsolete embryo experimentation,” said Fred Sauer. “Missouri politicians should represent their constituents, not special interest groups that write large checks.”

Read the full letter Here.

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