Promoters of Missouri’s Amendment 2 ballot issue, which is called a “cloning ban” even though it specifically allows for that process for “research,” have sent a legal threat to a television station for airing an ad pointing that out.
The letter went to KRCG Television in Jefferson City, Mo., after an ad from “The Life Communications Fund” appeared, and was from a David A. Waite, on behalf of the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.
“Your company recently broadcast a false, misleading and defamatory advertisement paid for by the Life Communications Fund called ‘Scrolling’ addressing the Amendment, and we expect that this organization may attempt to place additional advertisements in the future,” the letter said.
“The pointed and false content in the advertisements themselves amount to defamation against the Amendment’s supporters. We insist that you stop broadcasting these advertisements immediately and that you show great caution against running additional advertisements containing falsehoods from this irresponsible organization and similar organizations in the future,” it continued.
It then threatened the station with a liability for “defamation,” because the “advertisements rely upon clear falsehoods to support the general theme that the individuals behind Amendment 2 are attempting to mislead the public and intend to clone human beings.”
Cathy Ruse, a spokeswoman for Missourians Against Human Cloning, said the ad outlines a “classical political debate, which is what the First Amendment is designed to protect.”
“Of course they disagree with us. That’s to be expected,” she said. The group’s lawyers were reviewing the claim, in preparation for a response if needed, she said.
“We are on completely solid ground,” she said.
The ad in question makes several claims, including that while the amendment is called a cloning ban, the fine print allows cloning for “research” purposes. It also says the amendment creates the potential for the purchase or sale of human eggs. Third, it quotes a judge who noted that the wording of the amendment could mislead voters.
Cathy Ruse of Missourians Against Human Cloning is interviewed about plan to embed cloning permission in state constitution
“We welcome the opportunity to discuss these points,” Ruse told WND during an interview.
“The citizens of Missouri deserve a full and fair debate before amending their constitution, especially when the question is whether to give biotech special interests the constitutional right to do human cloning and unlimited public funding to go with it,” she said.
“The wealthy special interests behind Amendment 2 have already spent $30 million dollars to drown out the voices of Missourians who disagree, now they’ve stooped to legal bullying and intimidation to censor competing voices,” she said.
“The truth is Amendment 2 would enshrine human cloning in the Missouri Constitution. The truth is Amendment 2 would enshrine the harvesting and sale of women’s eggs in the Missouri Constitution. The truth is a Missouri appeals court judge said the Amendment 2 ballot language will ‘tend to mislead’ voters. Proponents of Amendment 2 do not want Missourians to know the truth,” she said.
The decision will be made by voters on Nov. 7.
The folks promoting the plan, at say the work could “provide cures for many currently incurable or common diseases and injuries, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, sickle cell disease, cancer, heart disease and spinal cord injury.”
“Unfortunately, some politicians in Jefferson City have repeatedly tried to pass state laws that would ban and criminalize important types of stem cell research in Missouri – and actually prevent Missouri patients from having access to future stem cell cures that are federally-approved and available to other Americans,” the group says.
However, even officials in the biotech industry admit there is no evidence that embryonic stem cells are likely to provide any significant progress against those diseases, and in fact, James Sherley, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology associate professor of biological engineering, is confirming the opposite.
The belief that embryonic stem cells will yield an “amazing medicine chest of new cures” is just wrong, he said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
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