Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Harpool announces support for Missouri stem cell initiative

30th District State Senator candidate Doug Harpool, D-Springfield, announced his support for Missouri's Stem Cell Initiative program today and challenged his opponent, incumbent Norma Champion, R-Springfield, to make her views known.
In his news release, Harpool said:

"Stem cells are the building blocks of our bodies and medical researchers believe that they could provide cures for debilitating and life-threatening diseases that afflict hundreds of thousands of Missouri children and adults. Missouri is blessed to have the intelligence, the resources and the will to tackle the medical problems humans face. Stem Cell research is an opportunity to increase the value of life for all citizens. Each and every day we waste in discussion is another day we have lost progress in the advancements the research will yield."

In the news release, Harpool's campaign said his opposition "even when asked by her constituents, has avoided taking a position on this issue. Norma Champion has a reputation for waiting to take a position until after her special interest groups and political leaders and advisors in Jefferson City have instructed her to do so."

Harpool concluded the release by saying:
"The senator who voted to eliminate Medicaid funding in our state must come forward today and tell all of those in wheelchairs, those with damaged hearts, babies who are diabetic, those who suffer from sickle cell anemia, spinal cord injuries, and other debilitating diseases – she must tell them if she will support this initiative to preserve and improve the value of life. Too many politicians in Jefferson City are fighting to criminalize the research that can help us all in exchange for the financial support of a radical few and that’s just not right."

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