California's Proposition 71:
Background to the
Deposition Given by Stuart Newman
In November 2004, California voters will face a ballot initiative called Proposition 71. It would require the state to borrow $3 billion to fund research using human embryonic stem cells -- including cells derived from "somatic cell nuclear transfer."
Opposing the initiative, the Doctors, Patients & Taxpayers for Fiscal Responsibility coalition pointed out (among other things) that it would fund "human embryo cloning." The initiative's supporters sued the coalition for making the "false or misleading statement" that somatic cell nuclear transfer is cloning. But on August 4, a superior court judge rejected this charge and allowed opponents' argument to stand.
Here is a key deposition in the case, submitted by cell biologist Stuart
To see the deposition, click here.
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