The Post ran a story today covering the Southwest Missouri campaign trail for Kenny Hulshof and Sarah Steelman. Both candidates have announced that they will oppose so-called embryonic stem cell research in favor of more promising stem cell research that doesn't kill innocent children in the womb.
From the full story at STLToday:
Missouri's two Republican candidates for governor flexed their anti-abortion muscle in the GOP-rich southwest part of the state Monday, offering competing proposals on abortion and stem cell research.
State Treasurer Sarah Steelman and U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof both endorsed an abortion bill that failed in the legislative session that ended Friday.
Hulshof was traveling through southwest Missouri seeking support for his idea of promoting more research in Missouri into umbilical cord stem cell research. The research is seen as a less controversial alternative to embryonic stem cell research, which Hulshof and Steelman both oppose.
The congressman said a visit to Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center spurred his proposal. Hulshof wants to use state money to help create more cord-blood banks like the one at Cardinal Glennon, and then pair researchers with those blood banks so Missouri becomes a leader in cord-blood research.