Human Cloning

The US Senate is scheduled to vote on human cloning Tuesday, June 18.
Americans overwhelmingly oppose human cloning. Yet because all too many
Americans feel the cloning issue is too complicated and since they do
not have a medical background, they are leaving the decisions up to
medical professionals, researchers, and the U.S. Congress.
Now is the time for all Americans to engage in this issue. Those that
support human cloning are trying to convince the Congress, and even the
American public, that there are different types of human cloning based
on what the researcher intends to do with the clone. Here’s what you
need to know about the cloning debate.
Legislation
S. 1899 Brownback/Landrieu Human Cloning Prohibition Act – This bill
bans any attempt at producing a human embryo by cloning (by
“reproductive” and so-called “therapeutic.”) However, the legislation
explicitly allows certain kinds of cloning – nuclear transfer or other
cloning techniques that produce molecules, DNA, cells other than human
embryos, tissues, organs, plants, or animals other than humans.
S. 2439 Specter/Kennedy/Feinstein “clone and kill” bill – This bill is
deceptively titled the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2002, but the
friendly title masks a horrifying piece of legislation. S. 2439 would
prohibit “reproductive” cloning but permit “therapeutic” cloning for
research purposes, and would require all cloned human embryos to be
killed once they have served their research purpose.
What is Cloning?
A clone is:
1) An exact replica of a DNA molecule, cell, tissue, organ, or
entire plant or animal.
2) An organism that has the same nuclear genome as another
organism
“Reproductive” cloning – according to pro-cloning legislation, the
transfer of cloned human embryos into environments where they might
survive to a later stage. In other words, “reproductive” cloning is
creating a baby from scratch outside the womb.
“Therapeutic” cloning – experimental cloning in which embryos are
created to be destroyed, in order to conduct research, the results of
which are dubious at best.
Cloning has occurred as soon as a new organism is created that
genetically replicates an existing organism – that is, as soon as the
procedure has created a new embryo. To ban cloning is to ban such
embryo creation – period.
Most, if not all Americans, including a majority of the US House of
Representatives (who passed a complete human cloning ban similar to S.
1899 in July of 2001) agree that “reproductive” cloning is repugnant.
“Mad scientists” want to make the American people think that
“therapeutic” cloning is an acceptable form of medical research.
However, there is no scientific distinction between “therapeutic” and
“reproductive” cloning. The only difference is the intent of the
researcher. The intention of “therapeutic” cloning is to create human
embryos for the purpose of medical experimentation and, ultimately, to
kill them.
The following terms have been invented to confuse the American people
about human cloning. Cloning advocates have created several misleading
terms to hide the fact that ‘cloning is cloning,’ including:
– therapeutic cloning (non-reproductive,)
– somatic cell nuclear transfer,
– nuclear transplantation,
– DNA-regenerative medicine
Any legitimate ban needs to prohibit all cloning of humans – either
“reproductive” or so-called “therapeutic.” The cloning of a human
embryo always produces a new human being, and distinctions between
“reproductive” and “therapeutic” cloning are meaningless.
If you oppose cloning, you can contact both your Senators and urge them to support S. 1899, the
Brownback/Landrieu Human Cloning Prohibition Act. S. 1899 is the only
bill that completely bans human embryo cloning. Key Senators who have
yet to make a decision are:
Lugar (R-IN) Hutchison (R-TX) Campbell(R-CO) Stevens (R-AK)
Collins (R-ME) Thompson (R-TN) Warner(R-VA) Cochran (R-MS)
Byrd (D-WV) Bayh (D-IN) Cleland (D-GA) Lincoln(D-AR)
Biden (D-DE) Dayton (D-MN) Conrad (D-ND) Chafee (D-RI)
Hollings (D-SC)
It is especially important that you contact both your Senators, in their
district and Washington, DC offices, via phone and email. The Capitol
Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.
To find more complete contact information for the Senators in your
state, go to:www.traditionalvalues.org/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=3
Other websites that offer helpful information about cloning are:www.house.gov/weldon/ www.stemcellresearch.org www.cloninginformation.org www.cbhd.org

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