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Feb. 14, 2003|
The Weldon-Stupak cloning ban **(H.R. 534) |
passed the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 12, 2003. Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), deserves credit for doing heavy lifting to make this happen in a timely manner. The bill is expected to go to the floor of the House by February 24th at the earliest but possibly the first or second week of March.
The final vote was a partisan 19-12 for passage, and two amendments were each defeated by a 12-19 vote. The amendments would have turned the bill into a clone-and-kill bill that would have allowed cloned embryos to be created in large quantities for the purpose of destruction and research.
Now is the time to be contacting Members of the House of Representatives to make sure we have the votes to:
** NOTE OF CLARIFICATION:
"This legislation authorizes ghoulish research where cloned human beings would be harvested for use of their body parts in the embryonic and fetal stages of development," said Marie Tasy, New Jersey Right to Life Public and Legislative Affairs Director. Mrs. Tasy said the legislation was riddled with fatal defects and loopholes that would actually advance, not ban, reproductive cloning as it was purported to do. "The consequences of the bill are devastating and would make New Jersey a magnet for rogue scientists, cloning labs and human embryo and human fetal farms in the Garden State."
"It is shameful that the New Jersey Senate and the McGreevey administration moved this legislation at break-neck speed," said Tasy. "Sponsors politicized the issue by bringing in Hollywood actor Christopher Reeve in the hope of obscuring the truth that the weight of evidence for curing illnesses is not found in embryonic stem cells, but rather in adult stem cells," said Tasy. She further explained that the techniques covered in this bill would exploit women by subjecting them to undergo invasive procedures and require use of superovulatory drugs, which carry many risks. "It would lead to the commercialization of women’s eggs and wombs and pose serious health risks to the lives of children created through cloning procedures." (NJRTL Press Release, 2/10/03)
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