Missouri Pro-Life Group’s Ballot Proposal Stops Tax Funded Abortion, Cloning

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 9, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Missouri Pro-Life Group’s Ballot Proposal Stops Tax Funded Abortion, Cloning

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 9
, 2008

Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — A Missouri pro-life group is spearheading an effort to get a ballot proposal before voters when they head to the polls in the 2010 Congressional elections. Missouri Roundtable for Life wants an amendment to make sure taxpayer funds aren’t used for abortion, human cloning or embryonic stem cell research.

The state legislature has already approved limits on using public funds for those activities.

But pro-life advocates are worried that the Amendment 2 measure voters approved in 2006 to allow embryonic stem cell research and human cloning may have spoiled the laws.

The pro-life group is now seeking signatures for a ballot amendment that reads as follows:

"Section 38(e). It shall be unlawful to expend, pay, or grant any public funds for abortion services, human cloning, or prohibited human research, as such terms were defined by the 92nd Missouri general assembly in 2003, in Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 196.1127, L.2003, H.B. 688."

Ed Martin, the president of the group, talked with the Springfield News-Leader about the idea.

“We really think that a vast majority of Missourians don’t want tax dollars going to this type of research,” Martin said. “There are people who support abortion rights who don’t want tax dollars spent on it. There are people who support cloning who don’t want tax dollars spent on it."

The group’s initiative goes further than the goal Missouri Right to Life has of overturning Amendment 2, although the reversal of the amendment could strengthen the position of existing state law.

Meanwhile, Missouri Roundtable for Life is holding a series of town hall meetings to talk about the ballot proposal and its lawsuit that sought to block taxpayer funding of these practices.

Last month, a judge dismissed the lawsuit to block the $21 million in public funds from going to the Life Sciences Research Board for the controversial science.

Cole County Judge Richard Callahan said the court can’t block the funding because there is no legal dispute. He also ruled that the lawsuit is merely requesting an advisory opinion.

Missouri Roundtable for Life plans to appeal the decision.
The board plans to disburse the funds early next year for the stem cell research grants it is considering funding. Pro-life groups don’t want to see money go to scientists who are destroying human beings in research that kills them for their stem cells.

Related web sites:
Missouri Roundtable for Life – https://www.moroundtable.org

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