Sunday, November 05, 2006

MO Update

Missouri Amendment 2 is a Fraud, It Promotes Human Cloning
by Cathy Ruse
Constitutional Amendment 2 is a fraud. It purports to ban human cloning, but the fine print actually creates a constitutional right to human cloning. It purports to ban the purchase and sale of human eggs, but the fine print actually gives a constitutional safe haven to human egg trafficking. It purports to keep its hands out of taxpayers' pockets, but the fine print actually puts biotech special interests above the law and gives them constitutional arguments for public funding. The first big deception involves human cloning. Page one appears to ban human cloning, but deep in this 2,000-word amendment is a provision giving biotech firms the constitutional right to conduct "somatic cell nuclear transfer." That's the scientific term for cloning, the same method used to clone Dolly the sheep. But don't take our word for it. The National Institutes of Health says, "somatic cell nuclear transfer is the scientific term for cloning." And the Food and Drug Administration explains how a Scottish scientist "successfully used a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) to create a clone of a sheep." Read the complete story.


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