Letter of Support to President Bush on the Cloning Issue

Date: 01/01/2002

January 1, 2002

Dear Mr. President:

In late November, a Massachusetts company announced it had created the first human clone. Your reaction to this assault on human dignity was clear and forceful. You condemned the cloning of embryos as “wrong” and you warned “we should not as a society grow life in order to destroy it.” You called on the U.S. Senate to join you in supporting a comprehensive and effective ban on human cloning, a ban that was passed by an overwhelming and bipartisan vote of the House of Representatives on July 31, 2001.

We agree with you that passage of this legislation by the Senate is of the utmost importance and urgency. As you said in July, “the moral issues posed by human cloning are profound and have implications for today and for future generations.” The implications are now upon us. We must act now so that science advances in a way that “honors and respects life.”

Mr. President, we commend you for the moral leadership you have shown. We know that enactment of a comprehensive ban on all human cloning will be a top domestic priority for your administration in the coming months, and we pledge our support in helping you achieve this goal.

Sincerely,

William Kristol
Chairman
The Bioethics Project

Hadley Arkes
Ney Professor of American Institutions
Amherst University

Gary Bauer
President
American Values

William J. Bennett
Co-Director, Empower America

J. Bottum
Books and Arts Editor
The Weekly Standard

Gerard V. Bradley
Professor of Law
University of Notre Dame

Nigel Cameron
Dean
The Wilberforce Forum

Samuel B. Casey
Executive Director and CEO
Christian Legal Society

Charles W. Colson
Founder, Prison Fellowship Ministries
Chairman, The Wilberforce Forum

Roberta Combs
President
Christian Coalition of America

Ken Connor
President
Family Research Council

James Dobson, Ph.D.
President
Focus on the Family

Steve Forbes

Hillel Fradkin
President
Ethics and Public Policy Center

Francis Fukuyama
Bernard Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy
Johns Hopkins University

Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
Princeton University

John Kilner, Ph.D.
President
The Center for Bioethics And Human Dignity

Richard D. Land, D.Phil
President and CEO, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

C. Ben Mitchell , Ph.D.
Editor
Ethics and Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics

William J. Murray
Chairman
Religious Freedom Coalition

Richard John Neuhaus
Institute for Religion and Public Life

David O’Steen, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Right to Life Committee

David Prentice, M.D.
Founding Member
Do No Harm

Sandy Rios
President
Concerned Women of America

Austin Ruse
President
Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

David Stevens, M.D.
Executive Director
Christian Medical Association

Wesley J. Smith
Author

George Weigel
Ethics and Public Policy Institute

Paul Weyrich
President
Free Congress Foundation