Church Tries to Stop Embryonic Stem Cell Research
The petition calls for the protection of embryonic stem cell research in the state of Missouri.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Church Monsignor Flanagan addressed the issue of stem cell research to his congregation after the homily.
"Stem cell research must go on, but not embryonic, the end does not justify the means, it does not justify taking the life of the embryo," said Flanagan.
This Sunday, marking the first Sunday of advent, the catholic church has had all churches throughout Missouri say something during mass about the embryonic stem cell research petition.
The catholic church is encouraging it's members not to sign the petition that would further embryonic stem cell research.
"A lot of people don't read the papers, a lot of them get a misinformed idea, said Parishioner Gene Speichinger. "His idea of presenting the issue to his congregation, i see nothing wrong with it. They have to learn both sides of it."
If the petition gets over 150,000 signatures, the issue will be on the ballot in the next election, letting voters decide. Proponents of the petition feel embryonic research has much to offer patients with life threatening illnesses.
"I don't think we are far enough along in the science to say, let's cut it off," said state representative Judy Baker. "And when i sat in senate chamber and i weighed these questions, i saw that there was no easy answer here."
Proponents and opponents of the petition both urge voters to become educated on the subject.