Stem Cell Initiative: The Fine Print

Stem Cell Initiative:  The Fine Print
By: Tiffany Sisson
Cape Girardeau - When Missouri voters head to the polls November 7th, they will see a shortened version of a stem cell initiative. The measure asks to ensure access to therapies and cures, allow stem cell research, and ban human cloning or attempted cloning. What they won't see is the full text of proposed constitutional amendment two. It's four pages of legal text. The confusing wording is what has opponents outraged, accusing supporters of pushing a hidden agenda.
Heartland News called upon our attorneys to help muddle through the fine print. The measure says there will be no cloning. Section three reads there will be no stem cells taken after 14 days. Opponents claim that's simply redefining human cloning. The wording of 14 days falls under a form of cloning called somatic nuclear cell transfer or therapeutic cloning.
The measure also states that no person may, for valuable consideration, buy or sell eggs for research or therapies. But, there's an explainer as to what valuable consideration means and does not mean.
Our attorney's tell us that while you can't be paid directly for eggs you could be reimbursed for reasonable costs, like removing the eggs, processing them, even lost wages for taking time to be apart of the research.
And, then there's the section that keeps money from being restricted. For example, if University A gets a hundred million from the state, plans to use ten million on stem cell research, the university's athletic budget can't be slashed ten million to offset money going towards research.
The vote in November is not asking for tax dollars, only a right to have access to research, therapies, and possible cures. For a look at the full text of the ballot measure click on news links.