Missouri Republicans Divided Over Embryonic Stem Cell Research

February 5, 2006 - Posted at 3:03 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Republicans are meeting in

Kansas City today to unify party leaders around the economy, the

Iraq War and the war on terror.

But some party faithful say the controversy over embryonic stem

cell research threatens to divide the G-O-P.

U-S Representative Kenny Hulshof says a proposed constitutional

amendment to strengthen stem cell research in Missouri could rip

the party apart.

None of the party's elected officials have brought up the topic

at the Republicans' annual Lincoln Days convention, but it's likely

to appear on Missouri's statewide ballot this November.

Governor Blunt favors research on early stem cells. But

conservative groups like the Missouri Catholic Conference are

opposed.

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