Monday, June 2, 2008

Danforth Wrong On Fetal Tissue Research

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting the formation of a new campaign committee misleadingly named "Republicans To Protect Medical Advances."  The "advances" to be "protected" are not specified, and non-existent.  The committee's real goal is to prohibit regulation of the use of aborted fetal tissue in medical research - research that has so far been successful at doing, well, nothing.  But it is research that includes human cloning and the destruction of unborn children.  

One of the state's GOP patriarchs, John Danforth, is a founding member.  That's too bad.  I've been a supporter of Senator Danforth since he was still Senator Danforth.  I stand with him on his efforts to revitalize downtown St. Louis and I stood with him when he marshaled Clarence Thomas through the Senate on his way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  By and large, Danforth has done the right thing.  But he's doing the wrong thing now.  

The Missouri Republican Party deserves credit for adopting a platform continuing its opposition to fetal tissue research.  The platform deserves our support.  And Senator Danforth no longer does.

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