I congratulate the Bishops of Kansas who have initiated a new video on immoral embryonic stem-cell research, as contrasted with good medical research involving adult stem cells. The Bishops have identified this issue as "their very top area of concern." The Kansas Knights of Columbus have been asked by the four Bishops to underwrite the costs of producing the video and the strongly pro-life Knights were quick to say "yes!" Deo Gratias!
The new 10-min video will clearly explain somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), the scientific term used to deceptively pass the Missouri constitutional amendment that permits cloning. Even though SCNT is the procedure that was used to clone Dolly the sheep and other animals, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, MO spent tens of millions of dollars to persuade Missouri citizens that SCNT was not cloning. Missouri pro-life legislators are now trying to fix this obvious deception.
The Kansas video will be part of a grass-roots campaign to stop a similar legislative or constitutional effort in Kansas to promote embryonic stem-cell research. The term "grass-roots' means that individual citizens need to invite their legislators to meet with them in their homes where the video can be jointly viewed.
Back in the early 70's, my husband and I invited our state representative to view a slide show on abortion. That was one of the best 40 minutes we ever spent. We told our representative that he would be able to meet with other registered voters in his district when he came to our home, so it was easy to get him to come. The result was that we had an informed pro-life state representative in our district for the next 15+ years--a very good investment of our time. We need to do the same with the new video on embryonic stem cell research.
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