by Steven Ertelt
February 2, 2005
Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) — Two lawmakers have introduced three bills that would restrict all forms of human cloning in Arizona. One would prohibit the use of public fund son the grisly practice, another would ban all forms of human cloning and a third would amend the constitution to prohibit all human cloning.
“The ‘Brave New World’ that Huxley proposed is on us in many ways,” Rep. Bob Stump told the Arizona Capitol Times. "For the state to sanction [human] cloning would not be good."
Stump, a Republican, is the sponsor of H2221, the bill banning taxpayer funding of human cloning.
Meanwhile, Rep. Chuck Gray, another Republican, filed the dual bans on human cloning: H2324, which bans the practice through statute, and HCR2025, the constitutional amendment.
Gray’s amendment would allow voters to ban all forms of human cloning by approving an amendment that would appear on the 2006 ballot.
“As we progress through the ages, we get to deal with new things that we never thought of before,” Gray said.
Stump introduced the total ban last year, but said he wanted to focus on not using taxpayer funds as a compromise because the bill failed. He hoped Governor Janet Napolitano would be more open to signing that bill.
“I’m not sending this up there to make a point," Stump said. “I’m sending it up there to be signed."
Pro-life groups support the legislators’ efforts.
Shane Wikfors of Arizona Right to Life told LifeNews.com that he applauded the "initiative to address the issue of cloning and embryonic stem cell research" the Stump and Gray took.
"The pro-life community should be excited about a statewide referendum on the issue because it will give us an opportunity to send a strong message across the country," Wikfors said.
Wikfors told LifeNews.com his group was hopeful that the ban on all human cloning could be approved, in addition to cutting off taxpayer funding for the practices.
"We are hopeful that we can go beyond just a ban on taxpayer dollars being used for cloning but rather a complete ban on all forms of human cloning," he said.
Related web sites:
Arizona Right to Life – https://www.azrtl.org