Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Human Cloning Legislation
- Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Human Cloning Legislation
Source: Focus on the Family, UPI; March 20, 2003
Washington, DC -- The debate over human cloning hit the Senate Judiciary
Committee on Wednesday, and two very different bills are being considered.
The two measures reflect two distinct approaches to the issue: banning all
forms of human cloning, or banning just reproductive cloning and allowing the
use of cloned human embryos for medical research purposes. Pro-life groups
oppose the latter approach because it allows the destruction of unborn
children to further dubious research. They support adult stem cell research
which has proven more effective and comes from more numerous sources.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is a cosponsor of the "phony" ban, as
pro-life groups call it, claims scientific research will be impeded if the
pro-life ban is passed. "These researchers will not have a free hand,"
But that raises a problem: When does human life begin? It's an issue that has
divided the Senate.
Pro-life Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) said his colleagues need to be careful.
"There are countless people living with devastating diseases who live with
hope that medical research will help save their lives," Craig said. "I look
forward to learning more about how we can make those advances in the area
without treading on the sanctity of human life."
Proponents of a total ban on human cloning say creating an embryo for
research purposes and then killing it is destroying human life. Though
cloning supporters may disagree with that characterization, pro-life Sen. Sam
Brownback (R-KS) said they should at least err on the side of caution.
"If you didn't know if a person was dead yet, you wouldn't bury him ... and I
would put it in reverse, saying if you're not sure if it's a life or not, you
wouldn't kill it," said Brownback, the Senate sponsor of the total human
cloning ban. Brownback and many others are convinced a cloned human embryo is
a life and are trying to do all they can to make sure humans don't start to
"There's only one type of human cloning, and it always results in the
creation of a human being," Brownback added.
Last year, the Senate never voted on cloning because neither version had
enough support for passage. That wasn't a problem over in the House, which
passed a total ban on human cloning during the last congressional session and
has already done so again this year.
Brownback and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) last month introduced a bill (S 245)
that would ban human cloning for both reproductive and research purposes.
President Bush has said that he would sign into law a total cloning ban
(UPI/Nando Times, 3/19).
ACTION: Please contact your senators and urge strong support for the
Brownback-Landrieu bill to ban all human cloning. Find contact information
for your senators at
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm or call
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