Tuesday, May 1. 2007
I have been woefully negligent of the Clone the Truth Campaign lately. I apologize. But Chip Bennett is on the case doing my job for me.
HJR11 is a proposed amendment to the Missouri Consitution that would do what last year's Amendment 2 said it does but doesn't: ban human cloning.
HJR11 would ban all somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) better known as cloning, in humans even for research purposes. Amendment 2 only banned the implantation of a cloned embryo not the creation of a cloned embryo using SCNT. (To say that cloning only occurs if a cloned embryo is implanted in a uterus is like saying that fertilization in IVF only occurs if the resulting embryo sees the inside of a womb.)
Here is Mr. Bennett's letter:
Friday, December 8. 2006
I apologize to my readers for the sporadic posting of late. This time of year is very busy with 4 kids and I have had to trade my blogging hat for my Mom's taxi sign. Be patient with me through the holidays.
Sunday, October 29. 2006
Not your run of the mill Clone the Truth letter, but since the article is about Missouri's Amendment 2, I felt it deserved an entry:
Tuesday, August 15. 2006
The Kansas City Star is at it again. Different byline, same old euphemisms:
Friday, May 12. 2006
Kit Wagar is no stranger to the Clone the Truth campaign. He is a correspondent for the Kansas City Star which, along with the New York Times, will shut down their paper before they admit that somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) creates a cloned embryo.
Usually, I write to him at the Kansas City Star, and get a polite letter back from their reader's advocate who says he'll speak to Kit about my letter. This time he is writing for the St. Louis Jewish Light Online, and I couldn't resist writing a Clone the Truth letter to a new set of editors:
Monday, May 8. 2006
It has been slim pickin's for Clone the Truth lately. It seems every article I read, except ones from the Kansas City Star, concede that somatic cell nuclear transfer creates a cloned embryo at least somewhere in the story. (If anyone finds one that doesn't, feel free to e-mail me the link and I will fire off a letter.)
Here is one from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Thursday, March 30. 2006
Friday, March 17. 2006
Jesuit education just isn't what it used to be:
Saturday, February 18. 2006
I have been scouring the news looking for articles for Clone the Truth. It has been a dry spell, as most news sources are getting the description of SCNT mostly right.
I want to commend one reporter that always gets it right. Josh Flory from the Columbia Daily Tribune writes articles that are fair and technically accurate. Here is an example of his work.
I have already e-mailed him and thanked him for his attention to detail and unbiased reporting. If you feel so inclined, click on his e-mail at the bottom of the article and let him know he does a great job.
Monday, February 6. 2006
The same AP story from the Seattle Post Intelligencer from Clone the Truth #12 popped up everywhere this morning including FoxNews, so I send out a bushel of letters and I got this one back from The San Diego Union-Tribune:
It is far from a full retraction, but I'll take it. This is sad though. Basically, the AP can say whatever it wants, no matter how inaccurate, and because it would be beyond its "cycle" no correction can be expected.
I hate to kick Seattle while they are down , but here is one for Clone the Truth from the Seattle Post Intelligencer. This description of SCNT is so bad, it was hard to know where to begin. As this was an AP story, I also sent a letter to AP. Here it is:
Friday, February 3. 2006
This blog has a reader, Anuket of Anuket's Crusade with whom I have been having a lively discussion started off by the Clone the Truth campaign. He (I apologize if Anuket is a female) contends that if Clone the Truth was really about truth, I would be obliged to police half-truths and exaggerations on the pro-life side as well. I have explained that Clone the Truth is not about policing sides, but about making sure that the media, which is supposed to be neutral, gets the scientific facts correct.
Anuket sent me the following letter that he has submitted to the Clone the Truth campaign. I put it here for two reasons: 1. His letter is in response to an opinion column and as far as I can see the opinion column in question has no factual errors, so it is not entirely appropriate for Clone the Truth, and 2. because I feel he makes a great point that deserves its own entry. Here is his letter:
Anuket, I don't know about Mr. Bartholomew, but I certaining do. The Catholic Church has always been clear that IVF is unethical in part because of the moral conundrums surrounding what is to be done with all of the "left-over" embryos. You are correct that support for IVF means a de facto support for research on embryos. I like the following quote from Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Director of Education of the National Catholic Bioethics Center:
Friday, January 27. 2006
Saturday, January 21. 2006
Another one for Clone the Truth. This is getting so old...but I think this article takes the cake so far. Again from Missouri and the Kansas City Star. (You have got to read this one. The whole "blastocyst" thing is incredible.)
Anyone from Missouri? They are getting tired of hearing from me so you have got to write your media and let them know they are incorrect. Here is my letter:
Thursday, January 19. 2006
Monday, January 16. 2006
Readers from Iowa, Clone the Truth needs your help. Governor Tom Vilsack, wants to repeal Iowa's ban on SCNT or cloning. He said this in his Condition of the State Address:
Here is the full article from the Iowa State Daily.
Where do I begin? I think I will quote Wesley J. Smith from his blog since he pointed out Vilsack's error:
The Iowa State Daily is just as guilty because they did not challenge or correct the Governor.
I could write Tom Vilsack and the Iowa State Daily, but since I am not a constituent, my protests will likely fall on deaf ears. This is why I need your help. Please write to your Governor and the Iowa State Daily and inform them of the error. And more importantly ask Vilsack to retract and that particular false statement.
Here is what I would write to Gov. Vilsack:
You can e-mail Gov. Vilsack at this address:
It seems the Clone the Truth campaign has ruffled some feathers. I have been having a lively discussion about embyonic stem cell research and cloning in the comments section of the Clone the Truth entry. I have decided to move them here.
Continue reading "Opposition to the Clone the Truth campaign"
Saturday, January 14. 2006
Friday, January 13. 2006
Thursday, January 12. 2006
In my Clone the Truth campaign, I wrote to the NY Times. I got an unsatisfactory response. So I wrote them again as I mentioned in Clone the Truth #5. Here is the lastest response from the New York Times:
Well, I guess they told me...
I have decided NOT to respond to this letter, not because they are right, but because I don't want them to block my e-mail address. I am far from through with the NY Times. (Insert hand rubbing and evil laugh!)
If I had responded I would have pointed out that their explanation is analogous to saying that because each of my children was derived from one of my own cells (my egg) then treating me with their cells is the same as treating me with my own. I would have also included these fabulous links provided by JivinJ: (Thanks JivinJ!)
Wednesday, January 11. 2006
I have received this reply from the New York Times on my letter from Clone the Truth #4:
Here is my scientifically correct reply:
Let us see if they get it!
Tuesday, January 10. 2006
It seems that when you point out a scientific error, the editors are quick to correct it. I was just informed that because of my comment this article has been corrected.
It used to read, "Hwang is accused of faking results showing that he had cloned embryonic stem cells."
It now reads, "Hwang is accused of faking results showing that he had cultivated embryonic stem cells from cloned human embryos."
Holding the news accountable it starting to get fun!
Here is my letter to the editors since Mr. Wade didn't provide an e-mail address:
Monday, January 9. 2006
Here is another article for Clone the Truth:
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