A message from the Christopher Reeve Action Network
We knew that our opponents were gearing up for an assault on research, and here they come. Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Representative Dave Weldon (R-FL) have introduced the Human Cloning Prohibition Act (S.658, H.R.1357). The legislation prohibits human reproductive cloning (cloning to create a human being – which we all believe is unethical and provides no societal benefit). But their legislation goes much further.
Research is under attack. Our opponents aren’t interested in finding common ground, they are committed to an ideological agenda. Their bill also bans somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT, also known as therapeutic cloning) used for medical research purposes. Worse, it imposes severe criminal and civil penalties on scientists for practicing this potentially lifesaving research. In short, this bill would send scientists conducting SCNT research to jail for growing cells in a petri dish.
Urge your Members of Congress to vote against the Human Cloning Prohibition Act S.658 or H.R. 1357 and instead support medical research by supporting the Human Cloning Ban and Stem Cell Research Protection Act.
We have a bipartisan coalition lined up to defend research. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Mary Bono (R-CA) are planning to introduce their own legislation, the Human Cloning Ban and Stem Cell Research Protection Act. This common-sense legislation:
- criminalizes reproductive cloning;
- establishes important oversight and regulations for responsible research utilizing SCNT;
- includes review by an ethics board and protections for research participants, and imposes large financial penalties for violating these conditions.
The Christopher Reeve Action Network staunchly defends the promise and progress of medical research, we are ready to fight to protect the integrity of stem cell research and SCNT. And we need you to make your voice heard.