Stem Cell Debate
"I would be a fool to say that every Jew in the country agrees, but it seems like there is a pretty unanimous feeling that stem cell research should go on, must go on," said Kerry Hollander of the Hillel Foundation on the University of Missouri campus. "The Jewish position is that life is sacred, and that we must do what we can to preserve and enhance life, and stem cell research holds great promise."
The Catholic Church is against the proposal.
"The official stance of the Catholic Church is that we oppose Amendment 2," said Mike Hoey of the Missouri Catholic Conference. "We feel it's deceptive, it authorizes human cloning and demeans the dignity of human life."
However, Hoey also said the Catholic Church supports some stem cell research, but the amendment would take funding away from other areas.
"We don't need Amendment 2," he said. "Stem cell research is going on right now. Private investors are putting their money in, and we're pursuing adult stem cell research, and cures are being developed."
Supporters and opponents are providing information about stem cell research, while encouraging voters of all faiths to do their research and vote Nov. 7.
The MU Jewish student organization held a forum Thursday evening on stem cell research and the proposed amendment.