Tim Jones Blames Pro-Lifers For Amendment 2, Rather Than The True Culprits, The Pro-Cloning Interests From Whom Jones Has Accepted Thousands Of Dollars

MRFL Press Release

For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Contact: Fred Sauer 314-854-1381

Tim Jones Blames Pro-Lifers For Amendment 2, Rather Than The True Culprits, The Pro-Cloning Interests From Whom Jones Has Accepted Thousands Of Dollars

St. Louis – February 16, 2012 – In an extraordinary outburst, House Majority Leader Tim Jones blamed Missouri Roundtable For Life for the passage of the pro-cloning Amendment 2. In a written communication, as reported by Examiner.com on February 13 2012, Jones stated “[Missouri Roundtable For Life] failed to defeat Amendment 2… It is their fault that cloning issues now exist on our Constitution.”

In fact, pro-cloning interest groups spent $30 million in 2006 to pass Amendment 2, which was vigorously opposed by MRFL. The passage of the amendment depended on a deceptive ballot summary that tricked voters into thinking they were voting to ban human cloning when in fact they were voting to create a constitutional right to clone and destroy human beings.

The same cloning interests that foisted Amendment 2 on the voters have been relentlessly trying to get their hands on taxpayer dollars for their experiments. This is the purpose of MOSIRA, which is a scheme to funnel taxpayer dollars to science special interests. MOSIRA would place an increasing stream of public funds under the control of the Missouri Technology Corporation, a quasi-public entity previously headed by Donn Rubin, who is still on its board. Donn Rubin was the chief spokesperson for the pro-cloning supporters of Amendment 2.

At the behest of the cloning interests, the Missouri House in 2011 stripped language from the MOSIRA bill that would have protected taxpayer dollars from going to abortion, human cloning, and experiments that destroy human life. Tim Jones was a leader in this effort to exclude pro-life taxpayer protective language from the MOSIRA bill.

Public records show that Jones accepted at least $8,000 in at least three separate contributions from the pro-cloning PAC Supporters of Health Research & Treatments during the 2010 election cycle. Then in 2011, Jones led the fight to pass the MOSIRA bill and ensure that it did not contain language that would have protected taxpayer funds from going to abortion, human cloning, and life-destroying experimentation.

Then, ten days after the passage of MOSIRA on September 23, 2011, Tim Jones accepted an additional $5,000 from the pro-cloning Supporters of Health Research & Treatment, as well as $5,000 from Life Science Fund of Greater KC, both on October 3, 2011.

“The purpose of Amendment 2 was both to create a constitutional right to clone and destroy human life and to lay the groundwork to overcome protections against spending taxpayer dollars on these abhorrent experiments. Both before the passage of Amendment 2 and even today, the cloners could and can spend their own money on these terrible activities, but they want to spend ours instead,” said Fred Sauer of Missouri Roundtable For Life.

“Tim Jones accepted thousands of dollars from the cloners, and they got what they wanted. We need leaders who will stand up against anti-life special interests rather than accept their money.”

For more information, please visit missouriroundtable.org