Delaware Bill Allowing Human Cloning Will Get Hearing Next Week

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 14, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 14
, 2007

Dover, DE ( — A bill that would prohibit human cloning for reproductive purposes but would allow it for research will get a hearing next week in the Senate Small Business Committee. The lead sponsor of the measure says he hopes it will be approved and get a vote in the full Senate before lawmakers take a break.

Sen. Robert Venables claims his bill is about "alleviating pain and suffering" and Senate Bill 5 would set up guidelines for stem cell research and would promote the adoption of human embryos.

But it would also allow human embryos to be used in research and for scientists to engage in human cloning for further study.

Audrey Denley, a University of Delaware student and a member of “Pro-life Vanguard,” said the pro-life students that are a part of it oppose the bill because it allows some human cloning.

“They say the bill bans human reproductive cloning,” she said. “But we say you could use somatic cell transfer to clone a human being … That should not be allowed.”

The Delaware legislature has addressed these bioethics topics before and the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has previously said it doesn’t support banning some forms of cloning but allowing others.

"While the Diocese of Wilmington agrees that human reproductive cloning is a gravely immoral practice that should be banned, we believe that the bill should ban all human cloning in the state because all human cloning is wrong and should not be permitted," it said in a statement.

Legislators are also considering another bill, House Bill 76, that Rep. Joe Miro, a Republican, introduced on Tuesday. His measure would ban both forms of human cloning.

The Human Cloning Prohibition Act would make any such activity a class E felony. In addition the bill would bar the creation of human/animal hybrids.

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