Family Research Council

Hatch Support of Research Cloning Mandates Destroying Human Life

Date: 04/30/2002

April 30, 2002

WASHINGTON, DC – Family Research Council President Ken Connor issued the following statement in response to Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) support of “compromise” legislation that would require the destruction of cloned human embryos:”There is only one bill, the bipartisan Brownback-Landrieu Human Cloning Prohibition Act, that will both prevent the implantation of a cloned embryo in a woman’s uterus and will not mandate that cloned human embryos be destroyed.

“Sen. Hatch claims that his support of research cloning is a ‘pro-life’ position. In actuality, his reasoning is morally vacuous and scientifically inaccurate. If human life ‘begins in a mother’s nurturing womb, not in a petri dish,’ according to Hatch, then location is what determines the personhood of the human embryo. That’s nonsensical! The cloned human embryo Hatch wants to tinker with and destroy for research has all the genetic components that a human embryo inside a mother’s womb has. No scientist would argue with that.

“Hatch also claims that the method of reproduction determines personhood – yet another ridiculous position. If the method is what matters, then Dolly the sheep, cloned by asexual reproduction, is not a sheep.

“The Brownback-Landrieu bill is the only bill that will protect the weak and vulnerable people from becoming victims of science and being scavenged for their ‘parts.’ All other bills mandate the creation of a class of non-persons in human ‘hatcheries,’ a class of person who by law must be destroyed. Sen. Hatch and those who support human cloning are either being naVve or deceptive to believe that they can prevent these human embryos from being implanted into a woman’s uterus.

“I agree with Sen. Hatch in that the American public deserves the best in medical technology, but it’s misleading to promise patients cures resulting from research on human clones. Research being done on adult stem cells is promising and exciting. More funds must be directed to researchers who out of respect for America’s moral leadership are pioneering the ethical avenue of research.”

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