Family Research Council

FRC Calls for an Immediate Senate Vote to Ban Cloning of Human Beings

Date: 11/26/2001

November 26, 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday, a new attack on the family emerged in the midst of America’s family holiday. The peace of a Thanksgiving weekend was shattered by news that a Massachusetts biotechnology firm had created the world’s first human embryos by cloning. Today, there was an immediate response as Family Research Council President Ken Connor joined Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and representatives from the Americans to Ban Cloning coalition at a Capitol Hill press conference. Connor issued the following statement, calling for a vote in the Senate before the end of the year to ban the cloning of human beings.

“Under the cover of war abroad, and terror threats at home, American experimenters in American labs have launched a whole new threat to innocent human life,” Connor said. “Cloning a human being with the express intent of scavenging its precious parts is an assault on everything this nation stands for.

“Cloning not only violates the dignity and rights of a human being, who should not be manufactured, nor expected to be the ‘duplicate of another,’ it’s an attack on the family. It blows apart the notion of family relationships (for example, who is the father of a cloned woman? Is her clone her daughter or her sister?). It also introduces serious legal questions, for example, involving inheritance and custody rights.

“A ban on cloning humans passed the House handily last July (262-162). President Bush strongly supports the ban and said today, ‘We should not, as a society, grow life to destroy it, and that’s exactly what is taking place.” What is needed now is fast, firm action in the Senate to pass the House bill, which bans human cloning for both experimentation and implantation purposes. We applaud Sen. Sam Brownback for his leadership to ban human cloning and to promote cutting edge, responsible research. The passage of wartime measures shows just how fast the legislative process can work when the nation sees a mortal threat to American lives and American liberty. A Senate version of the House bill must be passed by the end of the year.”