Roundtable For Life challenges new petition language

Just 2 1/2 weeks after winning one case against Missouri government, the Missouri Roundtable for Life was back in Cole County circuit court last week with a new lawsuit.

On Feb. 20, Judge Dan Green overturned the state’s new “MOSIRA” law (Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act) the Roundtable had questioned.

Attorney General Chris Koster is appealing that ruling.

Last Thursday, the St. Louis-based pro-life group challenged the way Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the ballot language on an initiative petition proposal the Roundtable wants to circulate, asking voters to place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 election ballot that would change the state’s definition of “cloning.”

The lawsuit also accused State Auditor Tom Schweich of failing to do his job properly in preparing the fiscal note and fiscal note summary for the proposed initiative.

And it argued Attorney General Chris Koster joined with Carnahan, Schweich and others “to deprive Plaintiffs of their Constitutional, statutory, and common law rights to avail themselves of an unbiased, unprejudiced, impartial process” for the preparation of their proposed “Ban on Human Cloning Amendment” petition.

Spokesmen for all three office holders said Friday they had not seen the lawsuit yet, and could not comment on it until they had reviewed it.

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