by Steven Ertelt
April 11, 2008
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — Ohio pro-life groups are concerned an Ohio Senate committee may stall the progress on getting a comprehensive ban on human cloning approved this legislative session. The Ohio Senate Judiciary Civil Justice Committee held a hearing on the bill last week and postponed a vote until Tuesday.
Under S.B. 174, anyone who engaged in research-based or reproductive human cloning would be guilty of a misdemeanor and subjected to two years in prison and fines potentially totaling $250,000.
According to the Ohio Christian Alliance, the panel had slated a debate and vote for Tuesday.
During the hearing, Dr. Douglas Kniss, the director of perinatal research at Ohio State University, was the lone person prepared to testify in opposition to the bill.
Ohio Christian Alliance president Chris Long told LifeNews.com Kniss offered no written testimony to the committee and admitted he was not officially representing Ohio State University.
Though the legislature has held the human cloning ban for over a year, Kniss only now presented objections to the legislators, admitting that he first heard about this legislation late the night before and he had not read the bill itself.
Lawmakers held a vote and decided to postpone consideration of the bill until Tuesday for Kniss and others to gather their objections and submit them to the committee.
"It is quite unbelievable that Chairman Goodman gave preferential treatment to this individual who came in at the eleventh hour to offer such a reckless, haphazard testimony," Long told LifeNews.com.
"In my seven years at the Statehouse, I’ve never seen anything like it," he added.
Pro-life groups supporting the bill, including Ohio Right to Life, are urging calls to the committee members to ask them to approve the human cloning ban.
Dr. David Prentice, a Family Research Council fellow and a former biology professor at Indiana State University also supports the legislation.
Dr. Dennis Sullivan, MD, the director of the Center for Bioethics at Cedarville University also made a presentation in favor of the measure at a previous committee hearing.
ACTION: Contact members of the Ohio Senate Judiciary Civil Justice Committee and urge them to support the human cloning ban. Go here for a list of members and contact information.