US Senate to Vote on Human Cloning Ban Monday
- US Senate to Vote on Human Cloning Ban Monday
Source: National Right to Life; November 30, 2001
ACTION ALERT: US Senate to Vote on Human Cloning Ban Monday
Washington -- On Monday, pro-life Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and Sam
Brownback (R-KS) are expected to offer an amendment to temporarily ban all
human cloning for six months.
Pro-life Senators would like to offer the Human Cloning Ban that passed the
House of Representatives last summer with a strong bipartisan vote of
265-162. However, Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) has declared his support
for human cloning that produces embryos which researchers kill to obtain
embryonic stem cells. Daschle refuses to allow a vote on the House ban now,
but promises a full debate next spring.
Because of this, Senators Lott and Brownback will propose an amendment to
another bill. Their amendment would ban all types of human cloning, as the
House bill does, but expire after six months. A Massachusetts company has
announced it's attempting to clone human embryos for research purposes. This
temporary ban would stop them until the Senate can have a full debate on a
permanent ban next spring.
ACTION NEEDED ASAP: Please contact both of your U.S. senators immediately.
When you call, please stress a) that you oppose all human cloning -- for both
reproduction and research and want your senators to do the same and b) urge
your Senators to vote for the Lott-Brownback amendment Monday afternoon. You
can reach any senator by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or
you can find specific contact information for your Senators at www.senate.gov
If you send a fax or email, here are key points, according to National Right
to Life's legislative director Doug Johnson, that you should make:
* You should urge the senator(s) to vote for legislation to ban the cloning
of human embryos whenever such opportunities are presented to them, including
support for the Lott-Brownback six-month ban AND for the full ban already
passed by the House (H.R. 2505).
* You should make it clear that they oppose HUMAN EMBRYO FARMS, and
therefore they OPPOSE any counterproposal that would merely prohibit the
implantation of any cloned embryo in a woman's womb (so-called "reproductive
cloning"). This "clone and kill" proposal (which we expect to be introduced
by Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA) would result in the establishment of
HUMAN EMBRYO FARMS, where human embryos would be mass produced and killed for
the purpose of harvesting their cells, but would make it a crime to allow any
such human embryo to live.
* You should urge the senator(s) to vote with Senator Brownback on ALL
PROCEDURAL MOTIONS that involve the human cloning issue, including any
NRLC's Johnson also warns that we should not assume that pro-life senators
will vote for the human cloning ban and that pro-abortion senators will vote
"The bill is receiving strong support from a number of organizations that
are not pro-life on issues such as abortion, BUT which believe that human
cloning -- including the cloning of human embryos -- must be banned
immediately," Johnson explains. "These groups include the United Methodist
Church, the International Center for Technology Assessment, and Friends of
the Earth (a well-known environmental organization)."
For more information on human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, see
the NRLC website at http://www.nrlc.org under "Federal Legislation: Killing
Human Embryos" or visit http://www.prolifeinfo.org
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