Wisconsin Legislature Will Take Up Human Cloning Ban Again

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 19, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 19, 2005

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — The Wisconsin state legislature heads back into session on Tuesday and one of the more controversial items on the agenda in the state Senate will be consideration of a measure that would ban all forms of human cloning. The state Assembly previously passed it on a 59-38 vote.

Pro-life organizations support the human cloning ban because they don’t want to see unborn children cloned and then destroyed for either research or reproductive purposes.

On the other hand, some scientists say it could undermine embryonic stem cell research because they need to clone human embryos to destroy for their stem cells, even though such cells have never cured a patient or provided any treatments. The bill makes no mention of embryonic stem cells.

Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who has been the state’s leading proponent of using taxpayer dollars to finance the unproven research, promises to veto the bill if the legislature sends it to him.

However, sponsors of the legislation tell the Chicago Tribune they plan to move ahead.

"I’ve heard from people across the state who are absolutely opposed to human cloning, and I think it’s time for legislators and the governor to listen," said State Rep. Steve Kestell, a Republican. "We’ve heard that there should be no restrictions on what science can do, but there have always been legal and moral limits."

Pro-life groups back his proposal.

Wisconsin Right to Life strongly supports stem cell research — as long as it does not involve the destruction of a human life. That’s why the organization supports the bill and opposes all human cloning.

"Creating and destroying human clones would make Wisconsin a center for the creation of human embryo farms," the pro-life organization says. "

Those who violate the law’s ban on human cloning could face substantial fines and as much as ten years in prison.

Several states, including Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Arkansas, North and South Dakota have passed comprehensive bans on human cloning.

ACTION: Contact Governor Doyle with your thoughts. Go to https://www.wisgov.state.wi.us for information.

Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.wrtl.org