COPY-Mo. stem cell ballot measure prompts 2 lawsuits

Associated Press - February 10, 2009 11:04 AM ET

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment to bar the use of public funds for abortion and human cloning prompts dueling lawsuits contending a new ballot summary is needed.

At issue is a measure sponsored by the Missouri Roundtable for Life, which opposes embryonic stem cell research.

Initiative petition sponsors can submit language they want to appear on the ballot. But it's up to the secretary of state, auditor and attorney general to decide what would appear before voters.

Missouri Roundtable for Life contends the ballot summary and cost estimate are unfair. It also alleges a conspiracy by the secretary of state, auditor and attorney general to draft unfair language.

Stem cell research supporters filed a second lawsuit, which contends the ballot measure is improperly drafted.

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