- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- How the story of one dog is helping others (9/14/17)1
- Eyewitnesses testify about fatal shooting; men were using drugs, alcohol (9/14/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
Stem-cell plan violates medical ethics
To the editor:
Amendment 2, the so-called Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, is a deceptive proposal that would establish a constitutional right to clone and destroy human embryos for research purposes, threaten the health of women who donate eggs, allow clones to pay women for donating their eggs by using fertilization clinics as middlemen, create a constitutional entitlement to taxpayer funding of this research and ensure that one industry, human research cloning, is free from any effective legislative or judicial regulation.
I believe this amendment violates long-established medical ethical norms as reflected in the Hippocratic oath, the Nuremberg Code of 1947 (formulated in response to physician and scientist participation in experiment on concentration-camp inmates in Nazi Germany), the World Medical Association Declaration of Geneva (1948) Physician Oath that sought to protect human life from the moment of conception and the Declaration of Helsinki (1964) that provides guidelines for physicians involved in biomedical research on human subjects.
I believe this proposal has no place in our Missouri Constitution and urge you to vote no on Amendment 2 on Nov. 7.
Dr. MICHAEL C. WULFERS, Cape Girardeau