The St. Louis chapter of the Montford Point Marine Association has announced its endorsement of the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative proposed for the November ballot.
Their endorsement has them joining hundreds of veterans already signed up across Missouri in support of the Stem Cell Initiative.
The Initiative protects the right of Missouri patients to have their diseases and injuries treated with any stem cell cures and therapies allowed under federal law and available to other Americans.
"Missouri veterans have risked their lives to protect our country during times of crisis and conflict on countless occasions," said Anthony Chestang, President of the St. Louis chapter of the Montford Point Marine Association.
"Therefore, they have earned the 'right' and deserve to have equal access to the best and latest federally-approved medical treatments that are available in our country."
"The promise that stem cell research holds to cure some of the worst injuries and diseases faced by our fellow service members such as spinal cord injuries, organ damage and Hepatitis C, and to enhance the quality of life for veterans is the reason why Montford Point Marines strongly endorse the Stem Cell Initiative."
The Initiative protects the rights of Missouri patients to have their diseases and injuries treated with cures derived from stem cell research allowed by federal law and available in other states.
At the same time, it ensures that Missouri medical institutions and research facilities can provide and help find new stem cell cures.
It also creates clear ethical and oversight guidelines for stem cell research conducted in Missouri - including a strict ban on any attempt to clone a human being.
Medical researchers believe that stem cell research could lead to cures for diseases and injuries that afflict millions of Americans, including sickle cell disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and Parkinson's.
The Stem Cell Initiative was developed in response to repeated attempts by some Missouri politicians to pass legislation that would ban and criminalize some of the most promising forms of stem cell research and prohibit Missouri patients from having access to future stem cell cures and therapies.