Catholic Group Supports Stem Cell Research

NOVEMBER 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A group of prominent Catholics, led by former U.S. Senator Tom Eagleton, has come out in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect stem cell research in Missouri.

The group e-mailed a two-page letter to fellow Catholics last week. The letter explained their support for Amendment two, which is on tomorrow's ballot.

The group says the amendment strikes the proper balance between allowing research on stem cells for possible health benefits and maintaining ethical boundaries.

Most of the group's 30-member steering committee is connected to Washington University in St. Louis.

Catholic bishops have urged parishioners to vote against the amendment, saying it would enshrine in the constitutional the ability to clone human beings.

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