Bettale’s letter about stem-cell research petition ‘right on target’

To the editor:

Kent Bettale’s letter in the April 5 issue of the Call — “Don’t sign petition to put embryonic stem cell research on ballot” — was right on target.

Many people have been tricked into signing this petition because they were told it would outlaw cloning when, in fact, it will legalize cloning of human embryos for the purpose of extracting their stem cells. But if you made the mistake of signing the petition there is a way to have your name removed.

Citizens who wish to have their signature removed from the petition must submit a written request to the Honorable Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State of Missouri, Missouri State Capitol, Room 208, P.O. Box 778, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0778. The request must contain the name of the petition — Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative — the name the voter used when signing the petition, the address of the voter and his or her county of residence.

The request must be notarized by a notary public and be received by the secretary of state before the signed petitions are filed by the initiative proponents with the secretary of state.

Bill McKenzie