Private Dollars Abandoning Embryonic Stem Cell Work; Missouri Legislature Still Refuses to Protect Taxpayer Dollars From Funding Obsolete Experiments.

November 17, 2011

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Fred Sauer, 314-854-1381

Private Dollars Abandoning Embryonic Stem Cell Work; Missouri Legislature Still Refuses to Protect Taxpayer Dollars From Funding Obsolete Experiments.

This week Associated Press reported that the “company doing the first government-approved test of embryonic stem cell therapy is discontinuing further [embryonic] stem cell work.” .

This follows hard on the heels of the recent publication of Missouri Roundtable For Life’s latest booklet “Scientific Advances Render Embryo-Destructive Research Obsolete,” available free of charge at www.missouriroundtable.org.

The booklet details the recent advances in stem cell science that allow us to produce cells with the characteristics of early stage cell stems without having to create or destroy human embryos. These advances have rendered embryo-destructive experimentation obsolete.

Unfortunately, although science may have passed embryo-destructive experimentation by, and private investment dollars may be fleeing the obsolete field, the Missouri Legislature soldiers on.

In the latest special session this fall, the legislature rejected language that would have protected taxpayer dollars from going to abortion, cloning, and embryo-destructive experimentation in the so-called MOSIRA bill that would have funded science special interests.

These same science special interests have donated large amounts of money to leading politicians in Jefferson City.

“It is a shame that politicians still refuse to protect Missouri taxpayers dollars from funding life-destructive experimentation that is not only wrong but also obsolete,” said Fred Sauer of Missouri Roundtable For Life. “We hope they will do what is right instead of continuing to heed the money of science special interests.”