I just got word today that the Secretary of State has approved the ballot title and language for the Cures Without Cloning initiative and it is an absolute disgrace:
Constitutional Amendment to Add Article III, Section 38(e), Relating to Limiting Stem Cell Research, 2008-014
Submitted by: Lori Buffa, M.D.
Lori Buffa, M.D.
Cures Without Cloning
P.O. Box 554
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Petition sample form approved for circulation on September 17, 2007. Official ballot title certified by Secretary of State on October 10, 2007.
OFFICIAL BALLOT TITLE AS CERTIFIED BY
SECRETARY OF STATE
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; and
* 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.
Not surprisingly, CWC is fuming:
Curt Mercadante, a spokesman for Cures Without Cloning, said the language “in no way accurately reflects what we’re attempting to do.”
“Quite honestly, it sounds like a talking point out of an opposition group’s playbook,” Mercadante said. “What the amendment is attempting to do is very simple: attempting to prohibit all human cloning in the state of Missouri.”
Mercadante disputed that the group was “repealing” the ban on human cloning written into last year’s amendment.
“We’re not repealing a current ban on human cloning. That’s preposterous,” Mercadante said. “I mean what we’re doing is adding to the current definition of what cloning is. The current constitution bans some cloning. It would extend the definition of what cloning is to ensure that all cloning is banned. And that’s spelled out specifically in the amendment.”
Mercadante said that “all options were on the table” on how to respond to the ballot language, but he didn’t specify what those would be.
I will be in touch with Missouri Right to Life and let you know what I find out from them. This is, to say the very least, a disappointment.
Wesley Smith has more