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Eagle Forum Capitol Alert
February 5, 2002

Take Action Now: Your Senators
Can End Human Cloning

Urge your Senators to co-sponsor S. 1899!

ALERT On July 31, 2001, the House of Representatives passed the Weldon-Stupak Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001 (H.R. 2505) with bipartisan support (265 to 162.) The Senate failed to take up the bill during the first session of the 107th Congress. On January 28, 2002, Senator Sam Brownback introduced the companion bill (S. 1899), but more co-sponsors are needed to force action on the floor. Urge your Senators to co-sponsor S. 1899 today!

Cloning is a way of producing a genetic twin of an organism, without sexual reproduction. Cloning human beings poses both ethical and scientific problems. A Presidential Directive prevents the use of federal funds for cloning human beings, but a complete ban is needed because the private sector is continuing this immoral research.

On November 25, Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) announced that its scientists had successfully cloned a human embryo. ACT does not intend to implant the embryo in a woman's womb. Instead, the biotech company plans to clone embryos and then kill them for their stem cells in the name of "research." If ACT is permitted to continue with life-killing research, embryo farms will become commonplace. Biotech companies will engage in the prolific creation and destruction of embryos to harvest, sell, and dissect baby body parts.

S. 1899/H.R. 2505 would ban human cloning for both reproductive and so-called research or "therapeutic" purposes. The only way to effectively ban reproductive cloning is to also ban cloning for experimental research purposes. Michael West, chief executive officer of ACT, even admitted that cloning for research purposes would inevitably lead to reproductive cloning.

The halls of Congress are swarming with high-paid lobbyists for biotech companies who are defending their "right" to clone and kill human embryos in the name of research, and the politicians are listening. Permitting cloning for so-called research is a clone-and-kill approach that would lead to the federally-mandated killing of any research-created human clone. Creating life to destroy it shows a callous disregard for human life.

The President is ready to sign a human cloning ban bill, but the Senate must act. Immoral human cloning experimentation can be stopped with your phone calls!

Tell your Senators to immediately co-sponsor and pass the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001 (S. 1899)

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