Missouri Judge Stops Second Lawsuit to Prevent Tax-Funding of ESCR, Cloning

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 16, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Missouri Judge Stops Second Lawsuit to Prevent Tax-Funding of ESCR, Cloning

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 16
, 2009

Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — A Missouri judge has stopped a lawsuit for the second time that seeks to prevent using taxpayer funds to pay for human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. Circuit Judge Richard Callahan once again dismissed the lawsuit filed by the pro-life group Missouri Roundtable for Life.

The pro-life group’s suit seeks to block $21 million in public funds from going to the Life Sciences Research Board for grants for the controversial science.

The law that created the Life Sciences Research Trust Fund, which sends the money to the board, specifically prohibits the funding. However, Judge Callahan previously ruled that Amendment 2 trumps that law.

The board plans to disburse the funds soon and 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.

Ed Martin, an attorney for the pro-life group told the Associated Press the battle is far from over in his eyes.

"We will immediately appeal this ruling and continue the fight," he said.

Callahan rejected a similar lawsuit from Roundtable for Life in November and claimed that the lawsuit did not bring up a legal dispute. The group filed the suit anew with a different approach and that is the suit the judge has dismissed.

Missouri Roundtable for Life initially filed the lawsuit in June and pro-life attorney Ed Martin said the Amendment 2, that state voters narrowly adopted in 2006, makes it difficult to know if any limits can be put in place on where public funds go and if they can be used for embryonic stem cell research.

The organization says it wants to protect public funds from being spent in ways that conflict with existing Missouri law and with the will of the Missouri legislature.

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

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