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Missouri narrowly approves stem cell research amendment

[JURIST] Missouri voters Tuesday narrowly approved [Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures advocacy website] Constitutional Amendment #2 [text], a stem cell initiative that would prevent Missouri from criminalizing the use of stem cells in certain techniques such as therapeutic cloning. With 3572 of 3734 precincts reporting early Wednesday afternoon, the unofficial count [returns] provided by the Missouri Secretary of State's office was:

Yes votes 1,024,824 - 50.7 percent
No votes 997,834 - 49.3 percent

The initiative drew heavy support from Missouri's major urban areas, St. Louis and Kansas City, apparently pushing it over the top despite the fact that a majority of voters in 90 out of Missouri's 114 counties voted against it [Missourians Against Human Cloning advocacy website]. AP has more.

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