|A Publication of the Republican National Coalition for Life||May/June - No. 44|
Senator Hatch Abandons Pro-Life Image
Human Embryos Don't Qualify For Protection
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 and who has called himself pro-life throughout his political career, on May 1st endorsed the creation of cloned human embryos for research. In doing so, he opposes the bill authored by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and supported by President George W. Bush that makes it illegal to create human clones in the United States, or to import them or potential products made from them, from other countries. Sen. Hatch has joined his close friend Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) along with other pro-abortion leaders in the Senate in endorsing a new bill that would allow human embryos to be created through cloning so that they can be killed for their stem cells. The measure would prohibit implanting a cloned embryo in a woman's womb still another clone- and-kill bill.
Senator Hatch previously abandoned his pro-life stance by supporting embryonic stem cell research. The largely pro-life population of Utah must indeed be more than disappointed in this turn of events, but they should not be surprised. Hatch is one of the many Republicans in Congress who have maintained a pro-life voting record on legislation related to funding of abortions and regulating or restricting the practice of abortion, but who justify abortion in cases where the baby was conceived through rape or incest (approximately 30,000 babies per year whose lives are considered expendable), a stance that ensures that abortion remains legal. Politicians who justify abortion, for whatever reason, can be expected to dismiss the importance of innocent human life under other circumstances including the killing of embryonic babies for scientific experimentation.
Ramesh Ponnuru (NRO Online Washington Bulletin, 4/29/02) reminds us that last year, Hatch justified his position [in support of embryonic stem cell research] by arguing that "human life begins in the womb, not a petri dish or refrigerator." In recent interviews, Hatch has suggested that a cloned human embryo, not implanted in the womb, would not be a human life either. On May 2nd, he repeated that view by saying, "Human life . . . begins in a mother's nurturing womb, not when the clone is created in a laboratory." (USA Today, 5/2/02) Senator Hatch's self-deception is astonishing. A human embryo is a human life. That is the science. None of us, including Senator Hatch, started out in our mother's wombs our lives began at fertilization in our mother's fallopian tube! In-vitro babies' lives begin in a petri dish! Cloned embryos' lives begin through somatic cell nuclear transfer! All human embryos are living human beings.
Congressman Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-FL), a former Army Medical Corps physician with a background of experience in molecular genetics research and current medical internist who authored the human cloning ban, issued a statement in response to Senator Hatch's announcement:
"I read the Senator's statement of support for so-called therapeutic cloning and I must say it is fraught with bad science and bad information. The skewed logic, which says: it's not really a person or a human embryo because it's just an unfertilized egg, but, just in case, we'll ban the implantation strikes me as a very odd construct." Congressman Weldon has challenged Senator Hatch to a debate, anytime, anywhere.
[Editor's Note] With respect to the phony argument about allowing therapeutic cloning but prohibiting reproductive cloning, please remember that there is no difference. This argument is simply a semantic game designed to confuse people. Once a cloned animal or human embryo is in existence, reproduction has already occurred. Reproduction does not occur in the womb, as we pointed out above. Implantation in the womb takes place after reproduction has occurred.
Hatch said his decision on cloning came after countless hours of study, reflection and yes, prayer, reports Ms. House.
His stance angered many of his traditional conservative [pro-life] allies, the article continues. "Senator Hatch says heıs proud of his pro-life record", said Ken Connor, president of the Family Research Council. "Well, he sure sullied it badly."
Sandy Rios, president of Concerned Women for America, had this to say: "His decision to proudly champion the sacrifice of young human lives for the flimsy promise to cure disease for more mature human life life more like him, more like us and more like the aging Senators he joins will disqualify the record he has tried to establish on the sanctity of human life. Real pro-life people will not be tricked."
Gayle Ruzicka, head of the Utah Eagle Forum, said "If Hatch were running for re-election right now, I'd work for his defeat. It's pathetic that a Senator from Utah would take a stand that would be disastrous for babies all across America. I wonıt forget this."
One-seventh of the nationıs doctors are trained in NYC hospitals and abortion industry leaders hope to see an expansion of abortionists throughout the country as a result of the Bloomberg initiative.
Michael Bloomberg is a liberal Democrat masquerading as a Republican, a classic example of a RINO (Republican in name only.)
MICHIGAN - Planned Parenthood affiliates and clinics around the state could begin to lose state funding next year unless the organization stops offering abortions under legislation signed Thursday, May 23, by Governor John Engler. The legislation (HB 4655, PA 360) requires that the Department of Community Health give higher priority to organizations that do not provide abortions when doling out family planning funds.
Planned Parenthood has argued that the measure, which was not given immediate effect and so will likely take effect in late March or April of 2003, will mean cuts in family planning services because its clinics will lose funding to other less experienced facilities.
Supporters argued there would be no loss in services because the legislation requires that there be no net loss of service in redistributing the family planning funds and allows full funding to clinics that offer abortions if there is no other family planning provider in the area. (Gongwer News Service, 5/23/02) [Sounds like a great opportunity to establish Natural Family Planning (NFP) clinics all over the state of Michigan!]
Planned Parenthood would have received $381,956 from the state to provide family planning services under a contract that would have been signed by January 1, 2002. An audit has disqualified abortion's most energetic promoter from future access to taxpayer funds in Colorado. (Life Advocacy Briefing, 12/17/01 - LifeAdvocacy@aol.com)
MINNESOTA - University of Minnesota researchers, led by Dr. Catherine Verfaillie, director of the universityıs Stem Cell Institute, have announced their success in coaxing adult bone marrow stem cells into becoming functioning liver cells, a discovery revealing the potential of adult stem cells to replace any perceived need to experiment on cells obtained by killing human embryos.
According to a story by Tom Majeski (Knight Ridder News Service, 5/15/02), the first-of-its-kind discovery, published in the May 15th edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigations, opens the door to a number of potential uses, including treating genetic and other liver diseases, creating bioartificial livers that could be used as bridges to transplants and enabling pharmaceutical companies to screen new drugs for liver toxicity and efficiency prior to testing them on humans. Let the Tiny Babies Live! Real progress is in Adult Stem Cell Research!
The American people understand the implications of the cloning of human beings and the vast majority of us are strongly opposed to it, not to mention frightened at the spectre raised at the possibility that it might happen.
The outcome of the debate about whether or not to ban human cloning is certain to affect the fate of humanity for all time! Do we want our children and grandchildren to grow up in a world where people can manufacture human beings like products on a supermarket shelf, use them, and throw them away like trash? Please talk to your Senators about this NOW, before it is too late!!
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