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    Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Human Cloning Legislation Source:   Focus on the Family, UPI; March 20, 2003 Washington, DC -- The debate over human
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      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,"
      Feinstein said.

      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
      play God.

      "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
      202-224-3121.

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