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President’s Call For Total Ban On Cloning Lauded
for being Morally and Ethically Right

For Immediate Release. April 11, 2002President 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.

Some 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.

For Interviews Contact:

Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
757-436-5927
jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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