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WASHINGTON, June 21, 2001 (LSN.ca) – At a hearing on cloning yesterday, the Bush administration came out in favour of a ban on all human cloning, rather than a ban on reproductive cloning only. The Washington Post reports that Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services Claude A. Allen told a congressional subcommittee that any cloning of humans would dangerously open the door to reproductive cloning. The suggested bill banning all human cloning would make such actions a federal crime. Pro-abortion politicians and some scientists are vehemently opposed to a total ban and want to be able to clone human embryos for research purposes. Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman demonstrated his total disregard for human embryos refusing to refer to them as anything but cells. “I do not believe that the Congress should prohibit potentially life-saving research on genetic cell replication because it accords a cell—a special cell, but only a cell—the same rights and protections as a person,” he said. Harvard medical “ethicist” Louis Guenin went so far as to suggest research which destroys human embryos and the cloning of such embryos for research is “virtuous.”

For more see the Washington Post at:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23750-2001Jun20.html

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