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Posted on 02/23/2005 9:28:35 AM PST by jbamb
The silence of the MSM on this ban... well is typical.
======= Culture & Cosmos
February 22, 2005 Volume 2, Number 29
US Senators Hopeful UN Declaration on Cloning will Help with US Ban
A United Nations declaration calling on nations to ban all forms of human cloning was praised by conservative political leaders and some insiders see it as a positive step in the ongoing efforts to pass a comprehensive ban on cloning in the US.
The declaration, passed by the UN's legal committee on Friday, calls on member states "to prohibit all forms of human cloning inasmuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life." The vote was 71 in favor of the declaration; 35 opposed; and 43 abstentions. It came after three years of deadlock between a group of countries, led by Costa Rica, which wanted to end all cloning, and a group led by Belgium, that wanted to permit human clones to be created for the purpose of destroying them in research. Both factions had originally proposed competing cloning conventions, which are legally binding. They later decided to debate a cloning declaration which is not binding on member states.
A coalition of pro-life, non-governmental organizations said the declaration "represents a significant step forward in advancing respect for human life." US Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) who has led the Congressional effort to get a national ban on all cloning, said, "I am extremely encouraged that the international community has made such a strong statement today in support of protecting innocent human life and human dignity. Human cloning is the deliberate creation of a human life for utilitarian purposes. That life is created simply for research or for the benefit of another. Any time in history when we have subjected one class of human beings to enslavement by another class has been wrong. This time is no different."
US Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) agreed; "I am pleased that a UN committee recently recognized the dignity of human life and recommended that member states enact a comprehensive ban on human cloning. . . . I will continue working with my colleagues in the US Senate to pass legislation that will ban human cloning in the US and continue to protect the sanctity of life."
Brownback plans to reintroduce legislation to ban cloning in the Senate in the coming weeks. The bill has been approved in the House of Representatives twice and has the support of President Bush but it has stalled both times it reached the Senate. Supporters of the cloning ban hope that the UN declaration will serve as an extra rhetorical weapon when the bill is debated again. They will likely to cite the declaration as proof that it is those who oppose a total cloning ban who are out of touch with the international community.
They will also emphasize that many developing countries, especially those of Africa, were the strongest voices in opposition to cloning. This is because if cloning were to be pursued for research purposes millions of eggs would be necessary. Leaders of the developing countries expect that it would be their female citizens who would be exploited by having their bodies turned into egg farms. The process of stimulating numerous egg production in a woman is painful and dangerous.
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