A group of St. Louis area Catholics led by former U.S. senator Tom Eagleton has challenged church leaders by forming Catholics for Amendment 2.
In a two-page letter sent by e-mail last week to fellow Catholics, the group laid out its reasons for supporting the ballot measure that would protect stem-cell research in Missouri.
Passage would ensure that research could go forward and treatments would be available in Missouri. It would keep Missouri on par with other states by allowing any research and treatment permitted under federal law. And it is moderate in its approach, the letter said.
“Some people want to ban all stem cell research,” the letter said. “At the other extreme there are those who would like to see research proceed completely unfettered. We believe that Amendment 2 strikes a responsible balance … (with) clear ethical boundaries and safety guidelines.”
The letter was signed by the group’s 30-member steering committee, made up mostly of people connected to Washington University and various medical institutions, and including Eagleton, a Democrat, and former state senator Anita Yeckel, a Republican.
Tom Eagleton was briefly a Vice-Presidential Candidate who stepped down after his electro-shock treatments were revealed is leading this effort. It makes you wonder if he received too many or too few treatments. This group who has members who post on Daily Kos is just another one of those faux Catholic groups who will flat-out lie for their agenda. Who is it that wants to ban all stem-cell research?
CATHOLICS FOR AMENDMENT 2 is putting together a statement to demonstrate Catholic support for Amendment 2 in Missouri which would keep vitally necessary embryonic/SCNT research. I ask my fellow Catholics in Missouri to sign on and send ultra-traditionalist Arcbishop [sic] Burke (St. Louis) and Opus Dei Bishop Finn (KC) a message that this is our Church too and that the faithful do support this very pro-life research.
By this definition Dr. Josef Mengele was also pro-life. So what if the research leads to the death of some, after all they were only Jews/embryos. Not really human you know and they don’t look like us. Imagine how many lives we can save by our research.
They are also not afraid to continue the lies in the amendment itself.
Fact #3: Stem cell research does not involve the cloning of a human being, and Amendment 2 strictly bans any attempt to do so. What Amendment 2 does permit (as long as federal law permits) is the creation of stem cells through a process that utilizes a patient’s own single skin cell and an unfertilized egg. There is no sperm involved and no fertilization. This process is sometimes called "therapeutic cloning" because it copies the patient’s own cell, and the new cells can potentially be used to treat the patient’s disease. Amendment 2 specifically bans any attempt to initiate a pregnancy with these cells or to create a human version of Dolly the Sheep. Without Amendment 2, cloning a person is entirely legal in Missouri. Amendment 2 will prohibit it.
Unbelievable. So copying the persons cells is not cloning? That using the same process (SCNT) to create Dolly the Sheep is also not cloning. That somehow if you kill early that a clone was never created. That somehow if they implant an embryo that they say was not cloned if implanted into a uterus then becomes a clone?
There letter also goes on with the false claim that the church opposed using cadavers for research, a subject I covered before. Their understanding of Church history is just as tenuous as their understanding of moral theology.
I can easily understand secular sources advancing such arguments, but I totally fail to understand Catholics doing so. Obviously they must believe we are a soul body composite. That all living things have a soul. Do they think embryos have a animal soul that somehow becomes an human one at implantation or birth? That Jesus before becoming fully God/fully Man, was once fully God, fully animal? When Mary went to the house of Zechariah it could well be the case that Jesus as embryo had not yet implanted into Mary’s womb since this roughly occurs seven to ten days after ovulation. By their definition a similar aged embryo can be killed for medical research yet Elizabeth responded at the sight of Mary by saying "…that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" Strangely John the Baptist responded in the womb to the presence of an embryo.