by Steven Ertelt
November 8, 2006
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Missouri voters appear to have disappointed pro-life advocates on Tuesday night by supporting a measure that will have had the state supporting human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.
State residents, at press time, had voted 50.1 to 49.9 percent in favor of Amendment 2.
The debate on the vote centered largely on whether the proposal backed human cloning. Its supporters said no, but the text of the ballot proposal allows for the use of human cloning for research purposes.
The measure will also prohibit the state government from putting any meaningful restrictions in place on either human cloning, embryonic stem cell research or taxpayer funding of either
Pro-life groups may consider filing a lawsuit against the measure and are worried that it will open the floodgates for other states to follow suit.
The last SurveyUSA poll on the amendment, which included interviews ending Monday night, had 49 percent of state voters favoring the human cloning measure and 42 percent saying they would vote against it.
However, the momentum had shifted towards the opposition, though it appears they needed one more day to keep getting the numbers to go their direction.