“Missouri Manipulation”

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Cathy Ruse writes at National Review about the disastrous ballot language approved by the Secretary of State yesterday for an attempt to ban cloning in Missouri:

The only way to keep human cloning legal in Missouri is through lies. And Secretary Carnahan has just dropped a whopper.

Isn’t that the truth? Even Bill McClellan of the St. Louis Dispatch, a supporter of Amendment 2 recognizes the “fuzzy language”:

I would like to say a few words this morning to Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan:

Reverse course, Robin. You’re wrong…

The opponents of Amendment 2 want to put the issue to the voters again. They want to amend the definition of human cloning so the new definition includes somatic cell nuclear transfer. In other words, they want to ban somatic cell nuclear transfer.

That seems clear. The definition of human cloning would be changed, or expanded, to include somatic cell nuclear transfer.

It is the job of the Secretary of State to summarize the issue in simple language.

That’s all we’re asking for. The amendment itself is simple enough, prohibiting the creation of an embryo by any means other than fertilization of a human egg by a human sperm, and not allowing tax dollars to be used for research on such embryos. Polls consistently show that the majority of Missourians do not want human cloning, which is a violation of the dignity of the human person, to be allowed in their state. Cloning supporters, like Carnahan, know that science and the truth is on our side, which is why they refuse give us a fair chance to protect our state from this assault on human dignity.

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