The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures began running a TV ad statewide to thank voters who signed petitions allowing a public vote on the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative.
The Coalition, which includes 50 leading patient and medical groups and 46,000 Missouri citizens, recently submitted nearly twice as many signatures as needed to place the stem cell referendum measure on the November ballot.
"The ad expresses our gratitude to the hundreds of thousands of Missourians who signed our petitions and showed their support for the rights of Missouri patients and medical institutions," said Coalition Chairman Donn Rubin.
"Stem cells have the potential to provide cures for diseases that affect hundreds of thousands of Missouri children and adults, such as juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, MS, ALS, sickle cell disease and spinal cord injury."
"The Stem Cell Initiative is needed to ensure that patients, doctors, hospitals and researchers in our state will continue to have access to any stem cell research and treatments that are allowed under federal law and available to other Americans." The new TV ad can be viewed on the Coalition's website.
"The results of our signature gathering effort and public opinion polls show that Missouri voters strongly support the Stem Cell Initiative and see through the negative misinformation campaign being mounted by our opponents," said Rubin.
"The overwhelming majority of medical experts, patient advocates and voters simply do not buy our opponents' assertion that making stem cells in a lab dish to cure diseases is the same thing as cloning a human being."
"The initiative ensures that any stem cell research and cures allowed under federal law will continue to be allowed in Missouri, and it clearly bans any attempt to clone a human being."