Missouri Judge Upholds Stem Cell Ballot Measure

JANUARY 20, 2006 - Posted at 8:14 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment protecting stem cell research in Missouri open a petition drive in the wake of a favorable court ruling.

But a group unhappy with the ballot language is considering an appeal of yesterday's decision by Cole County Senior Circuit Judge Byron Kinder.

The opponents went to court claiming the ballot language inaccurately states that the amendment would ban human cloning in Missouri.

Kinder heard several hours of testimony before upholding the ballot language as written.

Supporters need to collect at least 145,000 signatures to get the measure on Missouri's November ballot.

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