Missouri Lifeline 10/2/15
Missouri Right to Life's Position on Stem Cell Research
Recent stories and editorials make assertions about Missouri Right to Life (MRL) and our goals concerning the investigations of Planned Parenthood and university-based research on stem cells.
MRL strongly supports ethical stem-cell investment, including state dollars, and encourages Economic Development that does not depend on life-ending forms of research. However, MRL continues to oppose human cloning and research that kills living embryos in the name of research.
We call upon our state officials, candidates, university leaders, business interests, and those involved in lobbying like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) to join our efforts to help Missouri grow. Let's unite in our desire for advances using ethical forms of stem-cell therapies. Let us finally write into statute a ban on tax dollars for research that kills human embryos. We can protect Life AND build our economy with ethical options...read more
A Message for MRL Members and Supporters
When reporters question Missouri Right to Life on any "stem cell research" we specifically, every time, point out that while Missouri Right to Life opposes embryonic stem cell research and human cloning (SCNT) we do not oppose adult stem cell research. We further explain, every time, that adult stem cell research can include research done with umbilical cord blood, nasal tissue and fat tissue from our own bodies.
This was specifically pointed out to Mr. Keller in his interview with MRL Legislative Liaison, Susan Klein regarding research being done at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mr. Keller apparently had his own agenda.
So, when you read any "stem cell research" articles that includes quotes from Missouri Right to Life leaders and they do not include these facts about research, you can know that the reporter in question has a separate agenda than our fight to save innocent human lives.
Gubernatorial Candidates Weigh in on Stem Cell Research
In a statement issued by his campaign this week, Republican candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, voiced his support for a ban on public funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Former House Speaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway and retired businessman John Brunner, both also seeking the Republican nomination for governor, made similar statements.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Chris Koster, the only major Democratic candidate for governor in 2016, released a statement of support for killing babies at the earliest stages of development for scientific research.
Pro-Life Statements from Congress
Judge hears case arguing abortion restrictions violate religious beliefs
A Cole County judge on Monday heard why one Missouri woman believes the state's abortion restrictions violate her religious beliefs...read more.
Prioritize Women's Health over Abortion by Defunding Planned Parenthood The most fundamental axiom of health care is "First, do no harm." By allowing unborn lives to be aborted in the womb, sold for profit, and forcing taxpayers to help pay the bills of the organization that leads this practice, we have turned this principle on its head...read more.
Myths and misstatements from PPFA President Cecile Richards This week Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...read more.
Video: What She Saw Changed Her Mind About Getting an Abortion
Film Starring People With Down Syndrome Takes Aim at Misconceptions "The message I'm trying to send is that the capabilities of people with Down syndrome are wide-ranging, but just as importantly is the fact that their desires are wide-ranging as well," said filmmaker Roderick Stevens...read more .
Pro-Life Around the State
September 23 - November 1 - The Spring 40 Days for Life campaign is currently underway. Campaigns in or near Missouri include: Columbia, St. Louis, Overland Park, KS.
October 4 - Statewide - 28th National Life Chain, Sunday, October 4, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Click here for a listing of participating cities in Missouri.
October 6 - Independence - MRL Legislative Liaison, Susan Klein, will be the guest speaker at the Kansas City Metro Republican Women's Club Meeting, 7 p.m. 1527 E. 24 Highway.
October 10 - St. Louis - National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood 10 am - 12 pm, 4251 Forest Park Blvd. MRL President Steve Rupp will be master of ceremonies for this event.
October 10 - Columbia -
National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood 9 am - 11 am, 711 North Providence Road. MRL Legislative Liaison Susan Klein will speak at this event.
October 10 - Overland Park - National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood 9 am - 11 am, 4401 W. 109th St.
October 15 - Washington, MO - East Central Area MRL's Annual Celebrate Life Banquet. Patty Skain, Executive Director of MRL, will be one of the guest speakers. RSVP by Oct. 8 to Bill Gegg, 636-283-5030 or email@example.com.
October 25-26 - Springfield, MO - Young College Republican Convention, MRL Legislstive Liaison, Susan Klein, and MRL PAC Chairman, Dave Plemmons, will be guest speakers. Missouri State University in the Plaster Student Union.
October 29 - Kansas City - Annual Benefit Dinner for Missouri Right to Life-Western Region featuring Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click here for more info.
November 14 - Statewide - Save the Date! MRL Statewide leadership meeting! Details to follow.
January 21-23 - Statewide - 43rd National March for Life, Missouri Life Caravan. Buses will depart from St. Louis and other locations around Missouri. More information to follow.