|June 11, 2002|
UPDATE: CLONING VOTE CANCELLED!|
Through a procedural ploy, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has broken his promise to have a fair debate and vote
on the Brownback bill to ban human cloning. Last year, he promised to
bring the cloning ban to the floor in the spring and that still has not
Call Senator Daschle today and tell him to keep his promise!
DC phone: 202-224-2321, District Phone: 605-334-9596, e-mail: http://daschle.senate.gov/webform.html
Senate Debate on Human Cloning|
Starts on Friday, June 14
Contact Your Senators Immediately!
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.) Now the Senate is planning to debate and vote on the companion bill (S. 1899) sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback. Sixty votes are needed to pass the bill.
A COMPLETE CLONING BAN IS THE ONLY WAY
If the embryo is implanted in a woman's uterus, a baby can be born nine months later, and that's called reproductive cloning. Alternatively, cells can be removed from the embryo for experimentation and the embryo is killed; that's called research or therapeutic cloning. While largely ignoring the advances in adult stem cell and other ethical research, biotech companies are lobbying to legalize experimental cloning.
However, both forms of cloning start with the same process called "nuclear transplantation" or "somatic cell nuclear transfer" to create an embryo of about 150 cells. Because the cloning process is the same, the Justice Department recently testified that permitting cloning for experimentation is unenforceable; only a complete human cloning ban will work.
The only way to effectively ban reproductive cloning is to also ban cloning for experimental research purposes. S. 1899 would ban human cloning for both reproductive and so-called research or "therapeutic" purposes.
Call your Senators IMMEDIATELY!
Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121