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Oct. 15, 2004|
HARVARD SCIENTISTS SEEK GO-AHEAD TO CLONE HUMAN EMBRYOS |
A group of scientists at Harvard University has asked the school’s ethics committees for permission to clone human embryos in order to create stem cells for disease research. If they get the go-ahead, they’ll be the first researchers at a U.S. University to do so. (USA TODAY, 10/14/04)
In case you thought otherwise, the cloning of human beings is legal in America. Federal (taxpayer) funds for cloning experiments are prohibited, but there is no prohibition on private funding.
A living human embryo is a human being at the earliest stage of development. If researchers successfully generate a human embryo through cloning, the only way to extract his or her stem cells is to kill the living embryo. Whether the human embryo is respected and protected in law in this country will determine the outcome of the pro-life cause. The cloning of humans should be banned in the United States. But, our leaders in Washington, including many in the pro-life movement, have failed to step up to the plate and demand that a ban be instituted.
Now that Harvard has crossed the line and asked for permission to try to clone human beings, the question arises – how much federal money does Harvard get each year? Federal dollars likely flow freely into Harvard’s coffers, given the fact that both Massachusetts Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy are powerful enough to open the spigots wide.
RNC/Life calls on pro-life Members of Congress to address this problem immediately, with a report on the annual amount Harvard receives from the federal government, for any purpose. Congress should then move to deny all funding to Harvard unless they abandon plans to institute human cloning efforts at their institution.
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