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Is it 2006? GOP MO-GOV Candidates Take a Ride in the Culture War Time Machine

Is it 2006? GOP MO-GOV Candidates Take a Ride in the Culture War Time Machine

4 of 5 Missouri GOP candidates come out against embryonic stem cell research

Is it 2006 again? Missouri Republicans sure seem to think so.

During the 2nd term of the Bush Administration, the debate raged over federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. But, following President Bush’s veto of stem-cell expansion legislation in 2006 – and Republican electoral losses – the GOP largely dropped the issue. Stem cell research has been called “a culture war gone quiet.” 

No longer.

This weekend, 4 of the top 5 Republican candidates for Missouri governor endorsed an effort to ban embryonic stem cell research at state-funded institutions. The Republican candidates would halt a major research project at the University of Missouri investigating a pregnancy complication called preeclamsia.

The ban on embryonic stem cell research was endorsed by GOP candidates: businessman John Brunner, former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, former Speaker of the House Catherine Hanaway, and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster supports embryonic stem cell research. 

full story from Sunday’s Joplin Globe is below:

 

Eli Yokley: Embryonic stem cell research campaign issue again

Sunday, October 4, 2015

WASHINGTON ­— As a handful of Republicans face off for their party’s nomination for governor next year, it appears they may be playing into the hand of their likely Democratic rival, Attorney General Chris Koster.

After abortion opponents scored a major victory over the University of Missouri when, by getting the school to sever its relationship with Planned Parenthood, the reproductive health care provider Missouri Right to Life, one of the state’s leading anti-abortion organizations, tore open a scar that was closed nearly a decade ago: the fight over embryonic stem cell research.

With Missouri Right to Life came the chorus of Republican aspirants hoping to get support from the group, whose endorsement carries serious sway in their party’s primary, particularly with the wide array of candidates seeking the job.

Read more here.

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