Sen. Cornyn: Pass Ban On All Human Cloning As Soon As Possible

In: All News   Posted 01/30/2003

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator John Cornyn joined Senators Sam Brownback, (R-KS), and Mary Landrieu, (D-LA), as an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003 (S.245), which would ban all forms of human cloning. the bipartisan bill would place a permanent and comprehensive ban on all human cloning – including the creation and destruction of cloned human embryos. To date, 23 senators have signed onto the bill."It is crucial that we pass a ban on all human cloning as soon as possible,” said Sen. Cornyn. “The dignity of human life must be protected.”Under the bipartisan bill, a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000,000 and up to ten years in prison would be imposed on anyone participating in human cloning. President Bush strongly supports such legislation that would ban all forms of human cloning and in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, the President said: “[B]ecause no human life should be started or ended as the object of an experiment, I ask you to set a high standard for humanity and pass a law against all human cloning.” in the 107th Congress, the House passed similar legislation, but the Senate failed to consider any legislation to ban human cloning."There are effective means other than human cloning of finding cures for diseases – which I support – such as adult stem cell research. Human beings should not be turned into commodities,” said Sen. Cornyn.