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Bush Administration Proposes "Global and Comprehensive Ban" on Human Cloning
WASHINGTON (March 6) - - Senator Tom Daschle (SD), the leader of the Senate's one-vote Democratic majority, has postponed until April any Senate action on a bill to ban the cloning of human embryos.
Daschle had earlier promised that the Senate would take up the issue in February or March. The delay may be intended to give opponents of the ban time to step up their lobbying and advertising campaigns to kill the bill.
At issue is legislation (S. 1899), backed by NRLC and numerous other groups, to ban the use of cloning to create human embryos. The bill is sponsored by pro-life Senator Sam Brownback (R-Ks.).
The House of Representatives passed identical
legislation, the Weldon-Stupak bill (H.R. 2505), 265-162, on July 31,
2001. But the bill has been stalled in the Senate by fierce resistance
from the biotechnology industry lobby and its allies, including Daschle
and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Approves Bill to Restrict Free Speech About Politicians
NRLC strongly opposes the legislation, because it would place sweeping restrictions on the right of citizen groups (such as NRLC and NRLC affiliates) to communicate with the public regarding the positions and votes of federal politicians on pro- life issues, and regarding upcoming votes in Congress.
The bill is also opposed by many other groups, including the Christian Coalition, Concerned Women for America, the National Rifle Association, the ACLU, and most major business groups.
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From the President
Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
On July 31, 2001, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 265-162 the Human Cloning Prohibition Act (H.R. 2505), co- sponsored by Congressmen Dave Welton (R-Fl.) and Bart Stupak (D- Mi.). Senator Sam Brownback (R-Ks.) introduced an identical bill (S. 1899) in the Senate.
The Human Cloning Prohibition Act reflects the public's overwhelming opposition to cloning human beings. The objection is not only to cloning as such, but also--especially so--to cloning embryos and then destroying them in the course of medical research or commercial exploitation. A poll by International Communications Research, conducted last June, specifically asked the question, "Should scientists be allowed to use human cloning to create a supply of human embryos to be destroyed in medical research?" In response, 86% of those questioned said "no" and only 10% said "yes."
President George W. Bush shares this sentiment and has promised to sign the Human Cloning Prohibition Act, once the U.S. Senate passes it too. After much stalling, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has promised to schedule debate on this issue this spring. The outcome of that debate is very uncertain.
JULY 8, 1998