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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Ban Cloning Immediately

Senators will soon be asked to take action regarding the banning of human embryo cloning after scientists at Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (ACT) in Worcester, Massachusetts, announced that they had created human embryos. Although the embryos at the lab died, the possibility of future success at ACT or other biotechnology firms demands an immediate decision from the Senate.

The House of Representatives had already passed the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001 (H.R. 2505) on July 31, 2001. However, despite calls by President Bush and many Congressional leaders for swift action concerning the cloning debate, Senate Democratic leaders stated on November 27, 2001, that there is not enough time left in this year to debate a ban on human cloning.

Democrats plan to abide by an agreement they and Senator Sam Brownback (Republican - Kansas) worked out earlier to hold a debate in February or March, after extensive hearing on the issue said Assistant Majority Leader Henry Reid (Democrat - Nevada). On November 28, 2001, Senator Reid objected when Senator Brownback attempted to override his agreement by bringing up H.R. 2505 to the Senate floor.

Cloning is morally and ethically wrong, and the Senate needs to take immediate action to pass a complete ban on human cloning.

For more information about the experimentation of human embryo cloning in the United States, visit http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/Cloning Press Release.htm.

What Can You Do?

Urge your senators as well as Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle to immediately pass the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001.

Contact Information

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your senators' offices.)

To go to your senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm

Addressing Correspondence

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator (last name):

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