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  • Former Surgeon General Koop Signs Letter Opposing "Therepeutic Cloning"
    their ability to understand fully the potential benefits of scientific and medical research 3 We find these articles to be seriously inadequate Each fails to devote sufficient attention to the inevitable death of the human embryo that occurs when the embryo s stem cells are harvested Millions of Americans do not accept the utilitarian argument that the potential benefits of research cloning justify the intentional destruction of the embryo Yet Weissman and others seek to dispel concerns about embryonic sacrifice with the simple protest that preventing embryonic destruction would impede medical research and thereby rob people of the means to improve and prolong their lives 4 Approaches to the formation of public policy that esteem scientific potential but fail to give sufficient weight to all basic ethical considerations are profoundly troubling and attempts to dismiss those who oppose embryonic destruction simply by pointing to the good that may result are chilling Although we applaud the desire to pursue therapies for human afflictions a utilitarian perspective that allows science and medicine to trump ethics in the name of furthering medical benefit is exceedingly dangerous and will eventually result in grave consequences Any serious consideration of the issues raised by research cloning must engage all basic ethical arguments against such a prospect rather than merely dismiss them or regard them as secondary in importance Inclusion in the Journal of material that grapples seriously with often neglected ethical issues raised by research cloning would have resulted in a better assessment of this highly contentious topic The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and Georgetown s Center for Clinical Bioethics offer such material 5 not to hold back science but to encourage it to proceed in an ethical fashion Our society must not subjugate basic ethical considerations to scientific and medical progress lest we

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/koopcloning.html (2016-02-14)
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  • President Bush Calls on Senate to Back Human Cloning Ban Remarks by the President on Human Cloning Legislation
    must not forget that even the most noble ends do not justify any means Applause Science has set before us decisions of immense consequence We can pursue medical research with a clear sense of moral purpose or we can travel without an ethical compass into a world we could live to regret Science now presses forward the issue of human cloning How we answer the question of human cloning will place us on one path or the other Human cloning is the laboratory production of individuals who are genetically identical to another human being Cloning is achieved by putting the genetic material from a donor into a woman s egg which has had its nucleus removed As a result the new or cloned embryo is an identical copy of only the donor Human cloning has moved from science fiction into science One biotech company has already began producing embryonic human clones for research purposes Chinese scientists have derived stem cells from cloned embryos created by combining human DNA and rabbit eggs Others have announced plans to produce cloned children despite the fact that laboratory cloning of animals has lead to spontaneous abortions and terrible terrible abnormalities Human cloning is deeply troubling to me and to most Americans Life is a creation not a commodity Applause Our children are gifts to be loved and protected not products to be designed and manufactured Allowing cloning would be taking a significant step toward a society in which human beings are grown for spare body parts and children are engineered to custom specifications and that s not acceptable In the current debate over human cloning two terms are being used reproductive cloning and research cloning Reproductive cloning involves creating a cloned embryo and implanting it into a woman with the goal of creating a child Fortunately nearly every American agrees that this practice should be banned Research cloning on the other hand involves the creation of cloned human embryos which are then destroyed to derive stem cells I believe all human cloning is wrong and both forms of cloning ought to be banned for the following reasons First anything other than a total ban on human cloning would be unethical Research cloning would contradict the most fundamental principle of medical ethics that no human life should be exploited or extinguished for the benefit of another Applause Yet a law permitting research cloning while forbidding the birth of a cloned child would require the destruction of nascent human life Secondly anything other than a total ban on human cloning would be virtually impossible to enforce Cloned human embryos created for research would be widely available in laboratories and embryo farms Once cloned embryos were available implantation would take place Even the tightest regulations and strict policing would not prevent or detect the birth of cloned babies Third the benefits of research cloning are highly speculative Advocates of research cloning argue that stem cells obtained from cloned embryos would be injected into a genetically identical individual

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/bushstatement.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Human Brain Cells Placed in Mice and Sheep
    endorses mingling human cells with lesser beings This is the slippery slope A scientific committee which approved this research recommended closely monitoring the mice s behavior and immediately killing any that display human like behavior They are acknowledging this is possible All they are doing is watching for outward signs of human behavior while they place human brain cells in these animals What if these animals have the thoughts of

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/humanbrainsheepc.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Green Light to the Establishment of Human Embryo Farms
    repeatedly warned that legislation to permit human cloning for research would be subject to a veto Various statements by Feinstein and Hatch claim that their legislation would permit research only on unfertilized eggs that could not become human beings Doug Johnson NRLC Legislative Director dismissed that preposterous possibility saying that Cloning is by definition reproduction without sexual fertilization so every cloned mammal alive today is unfertilized If an human embryo

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/farms.html (2016-02-14)
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  • French Senate Votes to Ban All Types of Cloning
    Senate Since reproductive cloning interrupts the normal process of the human species in its natural progress it seems appropriate to punish it as a crime against the human species Cloning would violate our uniqueness and our human evolution and its perpetrators will be punished under French law said Sen Nicolas About president of the Social Affairs Commission and the bill s sponsor Leftist senators tried to remove therapeutic cloning from

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/cloningfrance.html (2016-02-14)
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  • U.S.Congressional Hearings on Human Cloning
    Cloning The Committee on Energy and Commerce Hearing on Human Cloning Research 2001 nbsp Some Photographs from the Hearing U S Senate Commerce Committee s Subcommittee on Science Technology and Space Hearing on The Science and Ethics of Human Cloning

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/energy.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Cloning: A Question of Morality or Science? By U.S. Senator Bill Frist
    destroyed in an experiment As a physician and legislator who struggles with this inherent tension between scientific progress and ethical concerns I focus on two fundamental questions 1 Does the scientific potential of human research cloning experimentation justify the purposeful creation of human embryos which must be destroyed in experiments and 2 Does the promise of human embryonic stem cell research depend on experimental human research cloning At this point in the evolution of this new science I cannot justify the purposeful creation and destruction of human embryos in order to experiment on them especially when the promise and success of human embryonic stem cell research does not depend on experimental research cloning President Bush last August outlined a scientifically and ethically balanced policy that allows federal funding of embryonic stem cell research for nearly 80 stem cell lines This has opened the door to a significant expansion of embryonic stem cell research Further there are no restrictions on private research using stem cells from the thousands of embryos left over after in vitro fertilization This research too is underway The promise and hope for new cures is being investigated And the promise of this research does not I repeat does not depend on human cloning Human cloning would indeed provide another source of stem cells this time by asexual reproduction But a human embryo still has to be created then destroyed to produce these stem cells Moreover there has been very little research cloning experimentation in animals a prerequisite to any demands for such work in humans Given the early state of this uncharted new science the large number of federal cell lines and the unlimited number available for private research I believe there is presently a sufficient number and range of cell lines As a heart transplant surgeon

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/friststatement.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Ambassador Alan Keyes on Cloning
    job in life to help people slip through To help people go all the way and become full to term Well what happens then to those people Under law they shouldn t exist and also by virtue of what the law has allowed to them at some stage in their development they have been degraded into commodities You don t think that s going to affect their status Don t you see where we re going with this We have come out of one era of awful ugly slavery discrimination repression and injustice and now we seem determined to use our scientific knowledge to create a whole new class of people that we can oppress and treat with indignity This is sick And I think it s a sickness we need to wake up to And that goes beyond whether we survive or not because you know that s a disease that if we don t do something to fight it it s just going to spread It ll characterize human beings for centuries That struggle will go on just the way slavery did Dark day that somebody introduced the idea that it was OK to hold somebody permanently in

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/keyescloning.html (2016-02-14)
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