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Stem Cell Confusion

imageimageYou folks who don’t live in Missouri may not be having this problem that we have right now. There is just a week until the election and our Political Poobahs want us to vote on a measure. They want a simple “YES” or “NO”. Well, here’s the problem ... they want a simple answer from us to a question that defies all logic and also bends the English language seven ways from Sunday.

There is no way in hell a human being actually wrote Amendment Two: Stem Cell Initiative. Not a sane one anyway. From the looks of it, this Amendment was farmed out to Rain Man and his fellow inmates. I’m afraid I’m going to have to vote NO just because I’m an ornery cuss and I hate it when people try to confuse me with word games. I also hate it when movie stars like Michael J. Fox come in from out of town and interrupt the World Series to stick their nose into a local matter.

The full text of the “Amendment From Hell” is below the “CONTINUE READING” link. Click at your own risk. Here is a translation of a few key sentences ....

* ensure Missouri patients have access to any therapies and cures, and allow Missouri researchers to conduct any research, permitted under federal law;

Amendment 2 doesn’t set any “limitations” on stem-cell research that aren’t already in federal law. All U.S. citizens—including Missourians—have the same access to medical breakthroughs. And there’s no law holding back Missouri scientists from conducting research that federal law allows.

* ban human cloning or attempted cloning;

Amendment 2’s fine-print says that cloning humans for research isn’t really “cloning”. The only cloning Amendment 2 actually bans is the kind (which nobody is trying), that would result in a fully-grown human baby.

* require expert medical and public oversight and annual reports on the nature and purpose of stem cell research;

According to the full text of Amendment 2, this “oversight” would consist of human-clone researchers policing themselves.

* impose criminal and civil penalties for any violations;

How many states actually write civil and criminal penalties into the state constitution? This is unprecedented.

* prohibit state or local governments from preventing or discouraging lawful stem cell research, therapies and cures.

Since the “lawful stem cell research” described in Amendment 2 requires human cloning, this means your tax dollars will be used to fund this research. And no state, county, or local government will have the power to say no.

Totally confused now? You ain’t seen nothing yet, as the Carnival barker says. Step right up, click the link below and prepare to be amazed, frightened, tortured, and abused by politicians who should never be allowed near a keyboard or pencil.

 

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/30/2006 at 07:00 AM   
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