Letter to Cynthia Davis
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I am writing regarding an article in the St. Louis Business Journal – http://bit.ly/74D6qS
Please stop trying to suppress scientific and medical advancements because of your personal religious beliefs and in my mind warped sense of morality. My neighbor with Downs Syndrome is a person, half a dozen cells in a petri dish is not. Given a choice of analyzing those cells with a chance of improving her quality of life, or destroying those cells with no benefit, I’ll take doing the research.
There is also a very real economic impact of your proposed legislation. “The economy of the City of St. Louis is closely tied to the City’s image as a cutting edge center for medical research,” auditors wrote. “The City of St. Louis ranks 12th in a listing of the Top 100 Cities for grants from the National Institutes of Health, with $441 million in grants flowing into the City in 2005 from NIH sources. This $444 million represents 85 percent of all NIH support flowing into the State of Missouri. These grants support our hospitals and medical schools (Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital), and, assuming that 60 percent of the funding pays salaries, account for approximately 5,300 jobs in the City. If only half of these jobs are lost — and it is a given that many of these jobs will be lost over time if this amendment is passed — the City will lose $1.3 million in revenue each year.”
Only one year left of her bane on Missouri Politics.