Friday, February 28, 2003

I heard on NPR this morning that the house passed the resolution to ban all human cloning. From what I could tell, it seems that this includes therapeutic cloning. While nearly all the reps are completely against the cloning of humans, democratic senators spoke out in favor of allowing therapeutic cloning to continue for its obvious, far-reaching benefits into the research of various diseases. The righties would have none of it. NPR highlighted one representative bellowing something to the effect of "All it takes is ONE unethical person to take that embryo and place it in utero to create a human clone! And what does your amendment do about this? NOTHING!" It seems that the forces of reaction and illogical fear have won out again over progress. I would like to ask this gentleman what his proposal does for the millions suffering from alzheimers, diabetes, and the many other horrible diseases that therapeutic cloning could help us understand, if not prevent. Sounds like a big fat nothing to me. So this suffering population is to be more or less abandoned because of this sci-fi fear of a mutant clone army taking over earth. And I shudder to think how much this guy is skewing the scientific realities to come up with this conclusion. Kriston?


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