- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Cape Chinese restaurant purchases old Ponderosa property in Perryville (10/10/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Ships to stay docked in Cape a week longer (10/10/17)
- Janet Koenig creates painted quilts to add flair to local barns (10/13/17)
There are stem-cell alternatives
To the editor:
In a recent letter Mary Meyer said there is "nothing moral or ethical" about refusing to use stem cells to help your own child, and, as everyone seems to be doing lately, plays the disability card in an effort to make voters vote yes on Amendment 2 out of pity.
However, as a new father of twins, I remember the ultrasounds in which my son and daughter were still just groups of microscopic cells. You can try to make yourself feel better by calling these new lives cells, embryos or any other cold, lifeless name. Yet at the end of the day it is human life, plain and simple. I cannot look into the eyes of my 3-month-old daughter and ethically want to kill another young life just to help her.
Also, there are zero cures from killing embryos to date, yet adult stem-cell research is looking promising, as is cord-blood research, which never seems to get any publicity whatsoever. So we can help the disabled like Mary Meyer through these promising avenues without killing new life, which is truly God's greatest miracle.
JONATHAN E.U. THOMASSON Sr., Cape Girardeau