Reader encourages others to join her in voting ‘no’ on Amendment 2

To the editor:

Thanks to Cynthia Trebus and Ann Macke for their letters — I agree.

Amendment 2 claims to provide hope to ailing Missourians by promising cures from embryonic stem cell research. What about the “hope of life” denied to the tiniest of humans created for the mere purpose of serving as research subjects and then snuffed out before they have even reached 2 weeks of age?

Those of us on the other side of the womb who have disabilities would be wise to avoid supporting cures that require the slaughter of countless innocent lives, especially when there is a viable and morally acceptable alternative: adult stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood, placentas and adult donors.

Embryonic stem-cell research has not provided hope or cures — only tumors.

On the other hand, adult stem cells have shown great promise and are being used to cure numerous diseases.

These cures are not being denied to Missourians.

Amendment 2 does not give Missourians any additional medical cures from embryos, because there are none.

Do not be deceived by the preamble of the amendment that will be printed on your ballot. It misleads by claiming to prohibit cloning, but later indicates that is exactly what it will protect: mass-creating tiny humans and then destroying them for their parts.

I encourage you to join me in voting ‘no’ on 2, protecting life from its earliest start.

Jamie M. Adams

Green Park