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    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
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      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
      CLOTURE votes.

      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
      against it.

      "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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