Missouri Roundtable For Life Files to Correct Mistaken Definition of Human Cloning in Amendment 2

MRFL Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 21, 2011

Contact: Fred Sauer 314-854-1381

Missouri Roundtable For Life Files to Correct Mistaken Definition of Human Cloning in Amendment 2

Missouri Roundtable for Life today filed with the Secretary of State a proposed constitutional amendment that would correct the mistaken definition of human cloning in Amendment 2.

In 2006, the ballot summary for Amendment 2 presented to the voters stated that the Amendment would “ban human coning.”

However, the definition of human cloning in Amendment 2 was different than the definition that already existed in the Missouri statutes at the time. The effect of this was that voters who were told in the voting booth that they were voting to ban human cloning were in fact voting to create a constitutional right to human cloning.

Using the definition of human cloning that has existed in Missouri statutes since 2003 would correct this mistake.

“Voters in 2006 were misled into thinking they were voting to ban human cloning when in fact the opposite was true,” said Fred Sauer of Missouri Roundtable For Life. “We want to correct this mistake.”

Following Missouri statute, the proposed amendment would define “to clone a human being” as “to create a human being by any means other than the fertilization of an oocyte of a human female by the sperm of a human male.”