An initiative petition to limit stem cell research has been approved for circulation by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. The number of signatures required to get the constitutional amendment proposal on the ballot would be equal to eight percent of the votes cast for Governor in six of Missouri’s nine Congressional districts in the 2004 election.

Organizers claim the constitutional amendment, approved by voters in 2006, does not specifically ban human cloning. So, this initiative proposes that the Missouri Constitution be amended to redefine the ban on human cloning and to prohibit hospitals and other institutions from using public funds to conduct such research. The group spearheading this effort is known as Cures Without Cloning.