Hulshof Outlines Pro-Life Priorities

Press Release

By:  Kenny Hulshof
Date: May 20, 2008
Location: St. Louis, Mo


Hulshof Outlines Pro-Life Priorities

Kenny Hulshof is proposing a plan to make Missouri a leader in non-controversial science that could provide the best hope yet for life-saving cures from stem cell research. Under Hulshof's plan, Missouri would establish a program to collect umbilical cord blood, which is an abundant source of stem cells obtained harmlessly at birth.

Studies in cord blood stem cells have demonstrated the potential to treat and mitigate over 70 different diseases such as Sickle Cell Anemia, Leukemia, Cerebral Palsy and Osteoporosis.

"Every Missourian wants to pursue life-saving cures and treatments," Hulshof said. "If there is a way to do so without destroying human life, we should aggressively pursue it. Stem cells obtained from cord blood appear to have that potential."

Federal funds are available for states that collect 600 units of cord blood. Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis is the second most successful cord blood testing and storage facility in the nation. An additional facility on the western side of Missouri would increase the capacity to store additional cord blood that is currently being discarded.

Hulshof's plan also lays out additional pro-life requirements, including:

1. Making it a criminal offense to coerce a woman into having an abortion.
2. Beginning the 24-hour waiting period after a doctor describes the procedure, outlines the risks of having an abortion, discusses alternatives, and determines the gestational age of the fetus.
3. Giving women considering an abortion the option of an ultrasound.
4. Providing an option of anesthesia for the fetus during the abortion procedure.

"Missourians value the sanctity of innocent life and we should take every legal step to protect it," Hulshof stated. "These pro-life reforms will take Missouri past recent controversies and reduce the number of abortions in our state."