Oregon Pro-Life Group Concerned About Fake Human Cloning Ban’s Progress
by Steven Ertelt
May 5, 2009
Salem, OR (LifeNews.com) — The statewide pro-life group in Oregon is calling on pro-life advocates to take action to stop a bill masquerading as a ban on human cloning. Oregon Right to Life says HB 2598-A not only fails to ban human cloning but allows scientists to clone and kill human embryos for dubious scientific research.
The House Sustainability and Economic Development Committee recently voted to pass HB 2598-A out of committee.
According to ORTL, the House panel adopted an amendment "that made significant changes to the language of the bill, without changing its goals or consequences."
The amendments deleted all references to somatic cell nuclear transfer — the human cloning process — and supposedly "clarified" the bill’s alleged "ban" on human cloning.
Now, HB 2598-A only — supposedly — bans reproductive human cloning but does not prohibit human cloning for research purposes whereby a scientist purposefully clones a human being to kill the embryo for experiments.
"Under HB 2598-A it would be legal to clone humans and let them grow up to 14 days," Oregon Right to Life tells LifeNews.com. "After that, Section 7 of HB 2598-A requires cloned human embryos to be destroyed."
The group says the bill "is not a true ban on human cloning" because it "still allows the creation of human life and mandates the killing of that very life."
The fake cloning ban is currently awaiting action in the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Service and, if the panel approves it, the bill will move on to a vote by the full Oregon House of Representatives.
The Senate has yet to consider the measure and Oregon Right to Life says it will continue working against the fake human cloning ban all the way until it reaches the governor, if that happens.
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