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House Bans Human Cloning

For Immediate Release. March 3, 2003The House of Representatives should be applauded for passing on February 27, 2003, the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003.   The measure bans all forms of human cloning.

In animals, reproductive cloning presents many complications.  Often dramatically increased are fetal and placental weight.  Also, congenital abnormalities frequently affect animals who die within hours of birth.  Additionally, extremely high embryonic and fetal losses account for less than one percent of manipulated embryos born alive.  Considerable concern about the cloning process has been raised by these grim facts that have been collectively termed cloned offspring syndrome.

According to mounting evidence, cloning healthy animals is becoming more difficult than scientists first realized.  Often problems arise from cloned organisms such as heart defects, lung problems, malfunctioning immune systems and severe delays in growth and development.  For example, appearing normal as young adults, some cloned mice suddenly grow grotesquely fat.  Until an age equivalent to a 30-year old human, the fat mice appear fine.  Developmental abnormalities have also been seen in cloned mice like ear twitching and taking longer to open their eyes.  Furthermore, cow clones have exhibited developmental problems with their hearts, including the defect of enlarged hearts.  And in humans, it has been theorized the mother could be of high risk of a rare invasive womb cancer even if the cloned baby is healthy.  An unusual form of cancer unique to humans choriocarcinoma is a risk factor for the mother.

“The House of Representatives has provided moral and ethical leadership by preventing scientists from producing human clones.  The next step is for the Senate to follow suite and also ban all forms of human cloning,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  “God is the giver of life, and mankind must treat it as a precious gift not as a reckless and irresponsible scientific experiment that in the name of scientific advancement will produce a generation of fatal flaws and deformities.”

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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