Delaware Cmte Passes Bill Allowing Human Cloning, Ban Bill Postponed

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 22, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Delaware Cmte Passes Bill Allowing Human Cloning, Ban Bill Postponed Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 22
, 2007

Dover, DE ( — Delaware legislative panels held a hearing on two bills dealing with human cloning and embryonic stem cell research on Wednesday and wound up passing a bill to allow human cloning for research purposes and postponing a vote on a full human cloning ban.

The Senate Small Business Committee heard form 22 speakers on both sides of the debate for two hours and then passed Senate Bill 5, which 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.

Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell spoke against the bill and said it would create an underground market to exploit women and purchase their eggs and human embryos for study.

She also said the state should not be promoting research that has never helped and human patients and has significant obstacles that prevent it from doing so.

"How would you feel if a stockbroker took your money and invested it in a company that failed to produce any returns?" O’Donnell said.

Meanwhile, the House held a hearing on HB 76, which would ban both reproductive and research-based human cloning. After a two hour hearing, Republican Rep. Joseph Miro asked that the vote be postponed so he could rework the bill to address some concerns.

"There will be a new amendment that will become the bill," Rep. Miro said, according to the Delaware State News. "There is a suggestion to define more explicitly what cloning is and what the process is. The challenge is defining the terminology."

He hopes to have a new bill ready to review by Wednesday.

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.

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