Missouri’s universities will not have a life sciences building project funded due to the potential that the buildings would be used to conduct human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. While the media rails against cloning opponents, the real fault lies with the authors of Amendment 2. Not satisfied to just create a constitutional right to engage in human cloning research in Missouri, the authors also put in a non-discrimination clause, requiring that funding for any kind of stem cell research would also require funding of the embryonic variety.
Opponents felt that a law permitting the buildings to be built and limiting them to ethical stem cell research would be declared unconstitutional due to Amendment 2. They were right. So the whole project went down in flames.