What: All Issues : Health Care : Embryo Cloning for Scientific Purposes : HR 534. Human Cloning Ban/Vote on a Substitute Measure to Ban Human Cloning But Allow Potentially Life-Saving Research on Human Embryos. (2003 house Roll Call 37)
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HR 534. Human Cloning Ban/Vote on a Substitute Measure to Ban Human Cloning But Allow Potentially Life-Saving Research on Human Embryos.
house Roll Call 37     Feb 27, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote concerned a proposed ban on the cloning of human embryos. Divisions over the issue crossed party lines. On one side were most Democrats--including Progressives--and moderate Republicans, who saw the procedure in scientific terms. They focused on the procedure's potential to provide stem cells, which many scientists felt could be used to treat a wide range of life-threatening diseases. On the other side were most Republicans and Democrats who see embryos as human life. They focused on the destruction of the cloned embryo and the potential for humans to "play god." A bill to ban all human cloning was proposed, and Greenwood (RPA) responded by proposing a substitute that made what he felt was a critical distinction: the alternate ban forbade only cloning for the sake of reproduction, while allowing it for scientific research. Progressives supported this as an important clarification of the pro-cloning position. However, the substitute fell on a 174-231 vote.

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