Call For Total Ban On Cloning Lauded
Morally and Ethically Right
For Immediate Release.
April 11, 2002 President
Bush’s call to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (Democrat-South Dakota)
to honor his pledge to debate the issue of human cloning and to adopt
legislation that would outlaw the creation of cloned babies (reproductive
cloning) as well as the cloning of microscopic human embryos for research
into new medical therapies (therapeutic cloning) should be applauded.
Furthermore, every American should support the President’s efforts
to ban these scientifically unsound procedures that are both morally
and ethically wrong.
advocates believe that an ideal source of “embryonic stem cells” are
microscopic cloned human embryos, consisting of about 200 cells which
have the potential for the treatment of a variety of medical maladies.
Proponents have promised that clinical applications of such therapies
are possible in the near future, but this is just not the case.
Since the body may reject embryonic tissues in the same way the
immune system rejects transplanted organs, embryonic cells may cause
tumors in patients. Curt I.
Civin, editor in chief of the journal Stem Cells and advocate
of stem cell research, believes that “clinical application” of stem
cell therapies is a “long way off”.
Also, patients receiving embryonic stem cell therapies will require
a lifetime regime of strong drugs to suppress their immune systems unless
researchers find a way to prevent the body’s immune system from attacking
embryonic cells as “foreign.” Furthermore,
serious side effects such as problems with wound healing, drug-related
toxicities, skin malignancies, and a propensity to suffer opportunistic
infections are often produced by these medications.
The best and most rapid hope for developing efficacious
new medical treatments is pursuing research into adult stems cells since
the patient’s own cells are used, tissue rejection is not an issue,
and they do not lead to tumors. Furthermore,
to treat human aliments like auto-immune deficiencies and heart disease,
adult stem cells are already being used.
“Proponents of cloning will promote both therapeutic and
reproductive cloning in the name of medical scientific advancement,”
said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute
of Public Policy. “However,
both types of cloning are scientifically unsound and are also both morally
and ethically wrong. In the case of therapeutic cloning scientists
should be prevented from creating and destroying human embryos. Reproductive cloning could produce fatal flaws
and deformities as well as irresponsible scientific experimentation.
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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