WASHINGTON, December 5, 2001 ( – Seven Senators have come out in favour of human cloning for research purposes. The LA Times reports that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), plans to introduce legislation that would allow human cloning for research but not allow the clones to be born. Harkin said “it would be a very serious mistake” to bar cloning for research.

Reacting to a presentation by Michael West, CEO of the company, which announced it had created the first human clone, Harkin said, “I find that exhilarating, quite frankly, that it (the research) is moving that rapidly.” A similar bill has already been introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and four other Democratic senators. Militantly pro-abortion Republican Senator Arlen Specter also supports cloning for research.