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Experiments in DemocracyHuman Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics$
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J. Benjamin Hurlbut

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231179546

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231179546.001.0001

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In the Laboratories of Democracy

In the Laboratories of Democracy

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(p.209) 6 In the Laboratories of Democracy
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Experiments in Democracy
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J. Benjamin Hurlbut

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231179546.003.0007

Chapter 6 explores state-level initiatives to regulate and fund embryonic stem cell and cloning research in California and Missouri. It examines litigation in California and Missouri over the terminology used in the voters’ guides in each of the states. The courts faced the question, framed by scientific experts, of whether the term “cloning” was a factual misrepresentation that would confuse the public and compromise the democratic process, or the kind of value-laden political speech that is the essence of democratic politics and sits at the apex of constitutional protection.

Keywords:   California Proposition 71, direct democracy, free speech, scientific terminology, cloning, Missouri Amendment 2

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