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Prop 71 adds $6 billion to the already massive California deficit

The initiative will borrow $3 billion, which will cost another $3 billion in interest payments to be paid by the California taxpayer. More...

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Prop 71 will increase health care costs

Supporters of Proposition 71 claim that the initiative will eventually save money on health care costs. The reality is that individual embryonic stem cell treatments will cost over $200,000! More...

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Only 30% of prop 71 costs fund research

50% of the cost is interest. Of the $3 billion in bonds, 25% goes to the institution as indirect costs, 10% goes to real estate and facilities development and 6% goes to administrative costs. Only $1.8 billion of the $6 billion actually funds research. More...

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Prop 71 contains provisions to hold backroom meetings

All state run departments must hold open meetings to prevent backroom deals. However, a provision of the initiative allows the institute to hold closed meetings with venture capitalists to discuss patents and other "confidential" matters. More...

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Prop 71 is funded by real estate and biotech industries that will profit from its passage

Individuals and special interest groups (from real estate and biotechnology companies) that stand to gain financially from Proposition 71 have contributed large sums of cash to the campaign. More...

Prop 71 Institute is run by politicians and special interest groups

The Institute will be run by a committee appointed by state politicians, and consisting of members of special interest groups, and bureaucrats of the University of California and other universities. More...

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Prop 71 funds research of questionable scientific merit

Why don't the supporters of this initiative go to the biotech and pharmaceutical companies to fund this kind of research? The truth is that the research presents high risks to patients and a low probability of success. Companies know they won't make money off it, so initiative supporters want the gullible taxpayer to pay. According to Forbes, "Watch out. You may soon be paying for cloning research that the private sector won't." More...

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Won't Prop 71 provide cures for a host of diseases?

Proponents of Proposition 71 claim that the research funded will cure a host of diseases. However, on their website, they fail to distinguish adult stem cell research successes (which are NOT funded by Prop 71) from the failures of embryonic stem cell research (which Prop 71 specifically funds). More...

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Prop 71 engages in human embryo cloning and destruction

The text of the initiative uses vague or scientific terms to hide the real meaning of what the research involves. The actual research involves the intentional destruction of human embryos and the cloning of human embryos for research. More...

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Prop 71 limits the scope of research only to human embryos

The initiative purports to fund all manner of stem cell research. However, there is a clause in the initiative that requires the funding of only embryonic stem cell research, even if adult stem cells prove to be more useful for therapy. Is this initiative is really about cures, why limit the methods by which cures are found? More...

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Prop 71 changes standards for patient informed consent and rights

Proposition 71 would change federal informed consent standards to suit the institute. These standards protect the rights of all participants involved in federally funded medical research studies. More...

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Prop 71 funds huge grant awards that encourage waste

The size of the grant awards is enormous by federal grant standards - up to 6 million dollars per year (or 2% of the total). More...

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Prop 71 will result in the exploitation of poor women for their eggs

Thousands of egg donors will be required to produce the eggs required for human cloning. Poor women and college students will likely donate eggs to earn quick cash. However, the procedure to obtain these eggs uses powerful, dangerous drugs that have already resulted in the deaths and hospitalization of hundreds of women. More...