Missouri Stem Cell Research Amendment (2012)
The proposed measure would have outlawed some forms of stem-cell research now allowed in the state. According to reports, the proposal would define cloning as "to create a human being by any means other than the fertilization of an oocyte of a man female by the sperm of a human male."
The initiative petition was filed with the Missouri Secretary of State on December 21, 2011 for approval for petition circulation. In order to qualify for the 2012 ballot, supporters are required to collect an estimated 160,000 valid signatures.
The measure relates to Amendment 2 which was approved by voters in 2006. That proposal called for allowing and setting limitations on stem cell research, therapies, and cures as allowed by federal law.
The 2012 proposal is sponsored by Missouri Roundtable for Life.
Path to the ballot
To qualify for the ballot, the initiative required signatures from registered voters equal to 5% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's election from six of the state's nine congressional districts. Signatures on behalf of all initiative petitions for the 2012 ballot were due to the secretary of state’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on May 6, 2012.