The Missouri Science Innovation & Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) is legislation that sets up a fund and a process by which companies that deal in research (plant, agriculture, or life science) can invest money into a state fund that would then be used for start-up money for research business incubators including businesses involved in life science research.
The fund established by MOSIRA would be controlled and governed by The Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC), which is closely connected to the supporters of pro-cloning/embryonic stem cell research.
MRL has worked for several years to add to MOSIRA the protective language of 196.1127, already in Missouri statute, preventing public funding of unethical research. We were unable to do so until this year when MOSIRA, with protective language, passed the Missouri House as a stand-alone bill. However, the version passed in the Senate had no protective language and was added to other legislation including an extension of tax credits for pregnancy resource centers.
Other groups have proposed language for MOSIRA that would abandon the pro-life protections of 196.1127 and instead would require the MTC to report any incidences of unethical research to the legislature.
Missouri Right to Life calls on the Missouri House and Senate to add the protective language of 196.1127 to any version of MOSIRA regardless of whether or not it is a stand alone bill or amended on to another bill.
We also urge the House and Senate to vote to protect all life on every bill and not hold hostage the tax credits for pregnancy resource centers for the sake of business profits for unethical research. Missouri Right to Life also urges those who would compromise, to hold fast to pro-life principles when confronted by the threats of pro-cloning/ESCR legislators.
For more details on this legislation, see the legislative memo MRL distributed.
- Action Needed
Call your Missouri Representative and Senator today and urge him/her to support the protective language of 196.1127 for MOSIRA. Also urge them to support extending tax credits for pregnancy resource centers but not by opening the door to public funding of life-destroying research.
We also urge you to call the House and Senate leaders on this legislation:
House – Representative John Diehl 573-751-1544
Senate – Senator Eric Schmitt 573-751-2853