Majority of Americans Disagree With John Kerry on Human Cloning

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 13, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 13, 2004

Houston, TX ( — A new poll shows that a majority of Americans disagree with Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry that human embryos should be cloned specifically for scientists to destroy for stem cells.

A joint survey sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center and Zogby International found that 55 percent of Americans say it is not "ethical" to conceive a human embryo specifically to be killed for stem cells to use to save someone else’s life.

An August poll conducted by International Communications Research showed similar results.

The ICR poll revealed that Americans overwhelmingly (80 to 13 percent) oppose the position taken by Kerry that human cloning should be allowed to create human embryos for destructive research purposes.

In July, Kerry attached his name to a bill (S. 303) that specifically allows scientists to create human embryos so their embryonic stem cells can be extracted. The process kills the days-old unborn child.

In fact, the bill requires scientists to destroy the human embryos within 14 days of their creation.

Kerry spokeswoman Sarah Bianchi came under fire last month for misstating the senator’s position on the controversial research. Bianchi told the Associated Press that Kerry is "’absolutely not” suggesting creating embryos for the sole purpose of research."

Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee called Bianchi’s statement "brazen disinformation."

"Kerry one moth ago cosponsored the bill to allow the mass creation of human embryos by cloning, for the sole purpose of using them in research that will kill them," Johnson told

In the new University of Texas poll, Zogby International conducted interviews of 1,203 adults during the middle of August.