Traditional Values Coalition

Cloning Legislation Must Be Passed!

Date: 02/10/2003

February 10, 2003

WASHINGTON – Summary: Reps. Dave Weldon (R-FL), Bart Stupak (R-MI) and Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS), Mary Landrieu (D-LA)  have offered legislation to ban all human cloning. These bills must be passed! Cloning advocates support the reduction of bringing more defective people into the world.

On February 5, 2003 Traditional Values Coalition participated in a press conference on the dangers of cloning with the Council for Biotechnology Policy and signed a joint Manifesto against it. At this conference, disability rights advocate Joni Eareckson Tada presented a powerful case against cloning.

TVC joins with Chuck Colson, president of Prison Fellowship and other pro-family groups to fight for a complete ban on all human cloning. The Manifesto is a major part of this effort.

With the Senate now under Republican control, Traditional Values Coalition is hopeful that a ban on all human cloning will be passed this session of Congress. Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL), a medical doctor,  and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) are both offering bills that will effectively ban both therapeutic and reproductive cloning. These bills are basically identical. The Weldon/Stupak bill is H.R. 234 and the Brownback/Landrieu bill is S. 245.

Congress will also be considering a phony cloning ban bill offered by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA). The legislation would permit human cloning but make it a crime to allow the embryo to live longer than two weeks.

TVC’s Executive Director Andrea Lafferty attended the press conference where the Hatch-Specter-Feinstein legislation was unveiled. At this conference was Nobel Laureate David Baltimore.

In his prepared statement, the Nobel Laureate said that cloning is a way to “help people.” Later, during the Q&A session, he denied that cloning is associated with eugenics yet said reproductive cloning must be banned because “? we don’t want to bring more defective people into the world.” This is eugenics (genetic engineering)!

Mrs. Lafferty was stunned at what he admitted. “What did he mean by defective? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and nobody challenged him to clarify his remarks or to condemn his views. The silence from Senators Feinstein and Hatch was deafening. They apparently agree with his views. Baltimore has openly admitted that cloning is closely linked to eugenics! This is why all forms of cloning must be banned! Human beings are not science experiments?and no scientist has the right to practice Nazi-like eugenic experiments on human embryos. We’ve been down that road before?and it gave us the Holocaust.”

Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) is outraged by the Hatch-Specter-Feinstein bill. “The end does not justify the means. Fifty years ago we put a stop to the Nazis’ eugenics program because it was wrong. Now we have an opportunity to stop human cloning before it happens. Creating human beings, however small, with the premeditated intent to kill them in research violates the core principles of medical and scientific ethics. The American people understand right from wrong in this matter. I’m sorry that some in the Senate do not.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has also condemned the Hatch/Feinstein bill. According to Cathy Cleaver, a spokeswoman for the conference, “The supposed medical benefits of human cloning remain a pipe dream, but this bill’s threat to human life and dignity is real and immediate. For more on this: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

National Right to Life Committee spokesman Doug Johnson explains how this phony ban would work: “This bill doesn’t really ban any human cloning?it bans human clone survival, which is a radically different thing. This bill would give a green light to the establishment of what President Bush has called human embryo farms.”

For more on this phony cloning bill, go here: National Right to Life.

For more details on this anti-cloning legislation, read TVC’s new report, “Congress Must Ban All Human Cloning.” It features a Q@A by Rep. Weldon on this important issue.

Americans to Ban Cloning also provides reliable information on this controversial issue.