History on HB 2007 during the 2008 Legislative Session:
And, On Wednesday, April 16, the Missouri Senate voted down an amendment that would have protected taxpayers from funding human cloning and life-destroying research. Senator John Loudon (R-7) offered Senate Substitute Amendment 1 for Senate Amendment 2 to SCS HCS HB 2007 which lined out all funding to the Life Science Research Board, funding that since the passage of Amendment 2, now Art. III, sec. 38 (d) of the Missouri constitution, cannot be restricted from being used for life-destroying research.
"All of the pro-life community in Missouri was let down, in some cases by people who ran for office on their pro-life record and even worked to defeat Amendment 2. It's hard to understand how these people can change their opinion on the impact of Amendment 2 so completely and so quickly. Being pro-life is more than being opposed to abortion. A human life has dignity and worth at every stage of development. No one should have the right to create and destroy human beings, and certainly not with taxpayer money," said Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life.
Amendment 3 to HCS HB 2007, introduced by Rep. Belinda Harris (D-100), was also defeated. This amendment would have eliminated funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation, a private entity that is headed by Donn Rubin, a leading advocate of research to clone and kill human embryos and a key player in the campaign to pass Amendment 2.
"It's very hard to watch the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate cave in to the cloning interests under the disguise of funding ethical research," said Fichter.
On Thursday, March 27, the Missouri House passed HCS HB 2007 which contains the objectionable appropriations.
And, On Thursday, April 16, the Missouri Senate passed SCS HCS HB 2007 which still contains the objectionable appropriations.
The pro-life votes on House Amendment 1 and 3 to HCS HB 2007 is a "yes" vote.
The pro-life vote on the 3rd Reading of HCS HB 2007 in the House is a "no" vote.
The pro-life vote on the Senate Substitute Amendment 1 for SA 2 is a "yes" vote.