MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE
Missouri Right to Life Opposes the Jackson County Sales Tax Ballot Issue
The following statement can be attributed to Pam Fichter, President, Missouri Right to Life:
On November 5th, Jackson County voters will be asked to vote on a sales tax increase, Question
No. 1. Missouri Right to Life is opposed to this sales tax ballot issue.
The Jackson County sales tax initiative will establish a medical research and development institute. This institute would fund medical research and development at the discretion of the County Legislature in whatever locale they so choose. After careful examination, legal experts at Missouri Right to Life and elsewhere have determined that there are no pro-life protections in the ballot proposal that would restrict these public funds from being used for human cloning or human embryonic stem cell research.
The County Legislature passed the ordinance, which puts the initiative on the ballot and pointed to a certain "Memorandum of Understanding" (MOU) and an "Operational and Governance Overview" as documents that supposedly govern how the sales tax money would be used to establish the new research institute. Unfortunately, the MOU and Overview can be changed at any time without a vote of the people. They are so vague and deliberately non-final that they leave open the door for sales tax money to be used for any type of research including research with no pro-life protections. Even if they were intended to be contracts, they are so vague that they probably cannot be enforced.
Given the aggressive actions of the pro-cloning and pro-embryonic stem cell research lobby in the state capitol, it is likely that the money received by this medical research institute will be used to fund human cloning and human embryonic stem cell research which has never been successful in treating any condition or disease despite decades of research and lacks any promise of success.
The tax-payers of Jackson County should not be required to fund cloning and research that destroys innocent human lives in the first stages of development.
Missouri Right to Life is opposed to Question no. 1, the sales tax initiative on the November 5th ballot and urges all pro-life voters reject it.
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