Capitol Hill Watch Alert
Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001
On Tuesday, July 31, 2001,
the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the Human Cloning
Prohibition Act of 2001 (H.R. 2505). To view the bill, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.0205:).
In addition, an alternative bill is expected to be offered by Representative
Jim Greenwood (Republican-Pennsylvania) that would prevent implementation
but permits research in human cloning. To view the bill, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.02172:)
As a result, research-created human clones could be killed because
of a federal mandate.
The use of somatic cell
nuclear transfer techniques to create human embryos would be prohibited
by H.R. 2505, a bill that amends the U.S. Code to provide a ban on
human cloning. This measure specifically states that it shall be unlawful
for any person or entity, public or private, in or affecting interstate
commerce, knowingly, to perform or attempt to perform human cloning,
to participate in an attempt to perform human cloning, or to ship
or receive for any purpose an embryo produced by human cloning or
any product derived from such embryo. The legislation also makes it
unlawful for any person or entity, public or private, knowingly to
import for any purpose an embryo produced by human cloning, or any
product derived from such embryo.
Cloning technology to produce
molecules, DNA, cells other than human embryos, tissues, organs, plants,
or animal other than human is not restricted by the measure.
Scientists have learned
that mice cloned from embryonic stem cells may look identical, but
many of them actually differ from one another by harboring unique
Part of the explanation
as to the reason why so many clones do not survive to birth may be
found in these subtle and previously undetected genetic abnormalities.
This new development has caused great consideration in the debate
over the safety and morality of human cloning since it adds credence
to researchers' fears that even apparently healthy clones are not
as normal as they appear.
At least in mice, this
study demonstrates that embryonic stem cells are surprisingly genetically
What Can You Do?
Urge your representative
to OPPOSE the substitute bill offered by Representative Jim
Greenwood and SUPPORT the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of
2001. (H.R. 2505)
Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will
direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's
To go to your
representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your
representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html
mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
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