Missourians Continue Stem Cell Debate

1 decade 10 months 1 week ago Wednesday, March 07 2007 Mar 7, 2007 Wednesday, March 07, 2007 5:02:58 PM CST March 07, 2007 in News

Missourians filled three floors of the rotunda to protest Amendment two, the stem cell initiative.

"It's just scary to me, thinking that, we're actually talking in the United States about creating human embryos, human beings to be used for scientific experimentation," cloning opponent Chelsea Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman suffered a spinal cord injury seven years ago, which put her in a wheelchair.

She said human embryo research is flawed, and she would not use it even if it could help her.

"The way I feel about it, you know, my ability to walk is not worth the life of another human being," Zimmerman said.

Group leaders said Missouri voters didn't understand what they were voting for in Amendment two.

"There was a very deceptive Amendment, two, and a lot of people believed that they banned human cloning in this state and of course they did not," Jaci Winship with Missourians Against Human Cloning said.

Stem cell research supporters said they simply favor exploring all medical research alternatives.

"Even though I respect very much, their passion and conviction for this issue, and their involvement as citizens," Democratic Representative Jeff Harris said. "I just don't think the state of Missouri should be in the business of denying hope and opportunity to people who have incurable diseases."

The group said they will continue trying to reverse the effects of amendment two.

The Missouri Right to Life, National Right to Life, and many other groups sponsored the rally.

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