California Ban on Human Cloning (2008)

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The Ban on Human Cloning Initiative (08-0005) was proposed as an initiative for the November 2008 ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment to the California Constitution.

Laura Storms, of the San Jose Group, was the main proponent of this initiative, which, on September 30, 2008, failed to qualify for the ballot.[1]

See California 2008 ballot propositions.

Text of measure

Ballot title

The Attorney General of California prepared the following title for this initiative:[2]

Bans activities defined as "human cloning." Criminal penalties. Constitutional amendment and statute.[3]

Ballot summary

The Attorney General of California prepared summary of the chief purpose and points of the proposed measure:[2]

Amends constitution to ban activities related to “human cloning,” defined as: “human asexual reproduction, accomplished by introducing the genetic material from one or more human somatic cells into a fertilized or unfertilized oocyte whose nuclear material has been or will be removed or inactivated, so as to produce an organism, at any stage of development with a human or predominantly human genetic constitution.” Subjects violators to 15 or 25 year prison terms without possibility of parole, fines of at least $250,000, and permanent medical license revocation . Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential state savings up to the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually over the next few decades resulting from reduced principal and interest costs for bonds to fund embryonic research. Unknown potential loss of state and local revenue gains and cost savings due to reduced research funding for embryonic research. (Initiative 08-0005.)[3]

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  1. California Secretary of State, 2008 failed initiatives," accessed February 13, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Summary and Title issued by the Attorney General," accessed February 13, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.