God and the Embryo: Religious Voices on Stem Cells and Cloning

By Brent Waters; Ronald Cole-Turner | Go to book overview

APPENDIX C
Urgent Action Alert: Urge Senators to
Support Complete Ban on Human Cloning
UNITED METHODIST CHURCHTHE ISSUE: Easily available biotechnology has reached the point where some individuals have announced that they are attempting to clone human beings despite aggressive moral, ethical and scientific opposition. Cloning human beings is opposed by over 80% of the US population according to recent polls. In July of this year the House of Representatives approved, by a wide bipartisan margin, and sent to the Senate, the Human Cloning Prohibition Act, HR 2505. As passed in the House, the bill bans all forms of human cloning. The bill has already had its “second reading” and may be brought to the floor for final consideration any time, at the sole discretion of Senate majority leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). The biotechnology industry and special interests anticipating major profits from selling such services and patenting lines of cloned embryos have attempted to confuse the issue with stem cell research, which it has nothing to do with, and to paint the bill as a threat to women's reproductive rights, which over 100 feminists agree it is not.ACTION NEEDED: Contact both of your Senators and urge them to:
1. Support and vote for the Human Cloning Prohibition Act as passed in the house (HR2505 PCS—Similar to S790); and
2. Tell majority leader Daschle that the bill should be brought up for vote immediately.

It is likely that weakening amendments intended to eliminate meaningful penalties and make the ban virtually unenforceable will be offered. Make it

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