Missouri Representative Files Bill to Stop Funding of Abortion, Cloning, ESCR

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 1
, 2009

Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Today, the first day Missouri lawmakers can file legislation in advance of the next legislative session, one pro-life state representative has filed a bill to stop taxpayer funding of abortion, human cloning, and embryonic stem cell research because they all destroy human life.

Representative Cynthia Davis, a Republican from O’Fallon who is the chair of the Special Standing Committee on Children and Families in the Missouri House, is behind the new bill.

Davis filed a House Joint Resolution, H.J.R. 49, along with six other members of the House.

“This Joint Resolution I filed will allow Missouri taxpayers to make sure their hard-earned tax dollars will not go to pay for abortions not medically necessary to save the life of the mother, abortion services, human cloning or embryo destructive research,” she said in a statement LifeNews.com obtained today.

“We are guardians of the taxpayer’s money and public tax dollars in these tough economic times. I speak for all the Missourians who do not want their tax dollars to go for procedures that are controversial and that a large percentage of Missourians find morally reprehensible,” she said.

She said the measure makes sense at a time when state and national residents are “demanding greater accountability and fiscal integrity from their elected representatives.”

Davis, a well-known fiscal conservative who has a reputation for being a watchdog for the taxpayers, filed the Resolution to remedy a developing problem of money being funneled to abortion services or other research.

Todd Jones, the director of the Missouri Roundtable for Life, told LifeNews.com that a recent court case in Cole County Circuit Court has clarified that certain restrictions passed in 2003 under the authorship of the late Representative Richard Byrd have been struck down.

Those restrictions made clear that Life Sciences Research Trust Fund dollars would not be spent on abortion services, human cloning, and other destructive research. As a result, Davis’ bill becomes more necessary.

Davis’ filing of H.J.R. 49 follows on the hard-fought efforts of Representative Brian Nieves, and 60 bipartisan co-sponsors, filing H.J.R. 38 in the House and Senator Jim Lembke filing S.J.R. 17 in the Senate during the last legislative session.

Last session, members of the House voted 114 to 37 for Representative Allen Icet’s placement of restrictions on the use of taxpayer funds for those anti-life practices.

If the legislature approves the resolution, the amendment would appear on the ballot during the next general election in 2010 or a special election if called by Governor Jay Nixon, who backs abortion.

“Missouri Roundtable for Life thanks Representative Davis for taking leadership on this issue to protect Missouri taxpayers and for finding six other House members to co-sponsor H.J.R 49,” Jones told LifeNews.com today.

“Missourians need to stop the raid of the Missouri treasury by fringe special interest groups like Planned Parenthood and others who seek taxpayer dollars for abortion services and human cloning. The time to stop that raid is now,” he said.

Related web sites:
Missouri Roundtable for Life – http://www.moroundtable.org

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