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October 24, 2006

Missouri's Cloning Amendment

Via comes exposure of the tactics of those who want to move forward with human cloning and embryonic stem cell research with taxpayer money. They can't get the citizenry to accept it at face value, so they're engaging in classic Orwellian misdirection.

The proposed Missouri constitutional amendment 2 says, for example, that it will prevent human cloning. However, as Missourians Against Human Cloning notes in their explanation of the language of the amendment, what it says on the ballot is quite different from what the amendment actually says. In fact, the amendment allows for “Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer", which is the textbook definition of human cloning. The "human cloning" that is banned, as per the amendment, is just the implantation of the results of that transfer into a human womb. If it stays outside, it ain't a clone, so they say. But the ballot language doesn't define its terms, so they hope to pull one over on Missourians by saying the right words, but not meaning what most folks think they mean.

This is just bullet point 1 in a list that also includes a blank check to the biotech industry. The Redstate post has links to lots of good information about this situation. It doesn't say much for their cause at all that they have to resort this these sorts of underhanded tactics to get their way.

Why do I care about what happens in Missouri, if I'm in Georgia? Because if this deception works there, it will be exported, make no mistake.

UPDATE: Scott Ott at ScrappleFace hits the nail on the head, with his own video production of "Michael J. Embryo", and some biting wit that drives the point home.

Posted by Doug at October 24, 2006 09:15 AM

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Okay. So what is wrong with human cloning?

Posted by: Seth Manapio at October 27, 2006 05:22 PM

What it says is that it outlaws human cloning. That's all it says on the ballot. What the amendment actually says is that cloning for the sake of harvesting stem cells is OK, though it doesn't tell that to the folks who are voting. My main concern in this post is that in order to sell embryonic stem cell research, they have to don a cloaking device.

This sort of research creates life in order to destroy it. I find that immoral. I'm not intending to debate the whole issue here, only point out how fraudulently it has to be sold in order to fool people into voting for it. It doesn't speak well for that position.

Posted by: Doug Payton at October 27, 2006 06:32 PM