A reader sent me an update on the Cures Without Cloning Campaign in Missouri. This campaign is intended to add an amendment to the Missouri constitution to undo the cloning amendments from last years change to the constitution. As many will remember the ballot from last year was quite disingenuous in it wording by making it appear to ban cloning while in fact supporting so-called therapeutic cloning. This has been a common tactic of embryonic stem-cell supporters to lie for our own good.<>br
With more of the same tactics the Secretary of the State has certified
a ballot title that is truly a outrageously biased version of the
Shall the Missouri Constitution be
amended to repeal the current ban on human cloning or attempted cloning
and to limit
Missouri patients� access to stem cell research, therapies and cures
approved by voters in November 2006 by:
� redefining the ban on human cloning or attempted cloning to
criminalize and impose civil penalties for
some currently allowed research, therapies and cures;
� prohibiting hospitals or other institutions from using public funds
to conduct such research?
This proposal could have a significant negative fiscal impact
on state and local governmental entities due to its prohibition of
certain research activities. However, the total costs to state and
local governmental entities are unknown.
I am surprised that they didn’t add
that it would also poke the eyes
out of kittens.
The attempt to actually create a
cloning ban is stated as a repeal to
the current ban on cloning. What current therapies and cures
are there from ESCR in the first place? I guess zero is a
hard number to elucidate on. I guess we shouldn’t be
surprised by the twisting and outright lies of the ESCR supporters, but
how far they will go is amazing.
Here is the ballot title as it was
submitted before it went through the doublethink processor.
It shall be unlawful to clone or
attempt to clone a human being as that term is defined in subsection 2
of this section. Researchers may conduct stem cell research to discover
cures for disease and develop stem cell therapies and cures, provided
that the research complies with the limitations of this section and the
limitations of Section 38(d). The prohibition of this section shall be
in addition to the prohibitions of Section 38(d).
2. For all purposes within this article, �Clone or attempt to clone a
human being� means create or attempt to create a human embryo at any
stage, which shall include the one-cell stage onward, by any means
other than fertilization of a human egg by a human sperm.
3. No taxpayer dollars shall be expended:
1. to clone or attempt to clone a human being; or
2. to research or experiment using a human
embryo, or any part of a human embryo, derived from cloning or
attempting to clone a human being.
They are currently mounting a legal
challenge or the rewording.
If you are from Missouri you can contact Missourians
Against Human Cloning to help out.