Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 16

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 16

Article excerpt

Focus on success of adult stem cell research

Planned Parenthood is blowing smoke by perpetuating the idea of donating your aborted fetus (baby) to science. They are telling women that, "It is OK! It will do some good, save some lives." All the while they are making money off both ends, the abortion and the unborn baby.

More needs to be explained loudly, plainly and often about adult stem cell research, which is legal, safe and has been very successful. The big plus is that it is abortion-neutral, meaning the cells are not drawn from an aborted baby. They may even be your own cells. The plus to that is no need for rejection drugs that will probably be needed from the other cells.

One of the most successful projects is the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank. A pregnant mother donates the umbilical cord after her baby's birth to be frozen and saved for possible future need by that baby, a sibling or maybe even a stranger who is a match. Stem cells drawn from cord blood have saved many lives already.

The Post-Dispatch would be doing a great service to science if it would give space to the adult stem cell research projects.

Jean Marquart * Union

Necessary to show bleeding man lying in the street?

I am concerned by the photo on the front page of the late edition of Monday's Post-Dispatch depicting one of our citizens lying in our streets, severely wounded and bleeding. His injuries are the result of his gun fight with our police following a day of peaceful demonstrations from our citizens who are seeking justice and peace in our community.

The decision to run this photo raises serious questions regarding the role and responsibilities of the media in reporting facts and bringing a community together. How does a photo of a young man bleeding in our streets bring our community together? Is this fact necessary to depict for all to see? …

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