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Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.

Proposition 71 Going to Court



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Two lawsuits have been filed against Proposition 71. True to form, most of the media zeroed in on the religious beliefs of some of the litigants. The media has decided that the cloning controversy is one of religion versus science, and nothing is going to knock them off that approach. But it seems to me that the affiliation of the litigants isn't important. What matters is whether the filed cases have factual and legal merit. Let's hope the courts restrict their judgments to those issues and ignore the religion baiting by the media.

I knew that some folk were contemplating taking legal action but I was not part of any discussions toward that end. I haven't seen the suit yet and I am not familiar enough with election and administrative law to know whether these cases have merit. I do support taking any and all action consistent with law and integrity to force the California Regenerative Medical Institute to toe the letter and spirit of California law. These people have to realize they are being watched very carefully. Otherwise, given the paucity of checks and balances written into Proposition 71, the temptation to engage in cronyism, conflicts of interest, and ideological science is just too great.


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