TO: Honorable Members of the Missouri House and Senate
FROM: Pam Fichter, President
DATE: May 6, 2014
RE: HB 1310, HB 1495, HB 1501, HB 1583 & SB 912
The Pro-Life Protections of 196.1127 Needs to Remain on Economic Development Bills
Missouri Right to Life continues to oppose any economic development bill that includes life sciences research funding without the pro-life protections of 196.1127. Without the scientific definition of human cloning (SCNT - somatic cell nuclear transfer) included in 196.1127, any amendment bears no assurance that public funds will not be used for human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.
If research businesses want to clone and kill human beings, our Missouri legislators should at the very least work to prevent public funding through any fund set up by the General Assembly and not rely on the budget process or a reference to a faulty, non-scientific definition.
Now is the time for pro-life legislators to take a stand against those who seek to build the economic development of our state through their support of human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. If they do not intend to do this kind of research then they would not be seeking your vote without the protections of 196.1127.
Missouri Right to Life requests the following simple language remain on HB 1310, HB 1495, HB 1501, HB 1583, SB 912 or any other bill which includes funding for open ended life sciences research: “These funds are subject to the provisions of 196.1127.”
Thank you for your prayerful consideration of the truth of this matter.