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Missouri judge dismisses lawsuit concerning stem cell research

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July 10, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Missouri judge Judge Patricia Joyce dismissed claims of conspiracy and constitutional rights violations on June 19, 2009 while upholding the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with abortion.[1]

The decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Roundtable for Life, which supports a proposed amendment barring public funds from being used for abortion and human cloning. In the lawsuit, the group accuses Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, Attorney General Chris Koster and State Auditor Susan Montee of conspiring to treat the measure unfairly.

Joyce ruled that the claim is without merit and is "frivolous."

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