What: All Issues : Health Care : Embryo Cloning for Scientific Purposes : HR 534. Human Cloning Ban/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Ban Human Cloning and Potentially Life-Saving Research on Human Embryos. (2003 house Roll Call 38)
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HR 534. Human Cloning Ban/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill to Ban Human Cloning and Potentially Life-Saving Research on Human Embryos.
house Roll Call 38     Feb 27, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The debate over the cloning of human embryos defied normal partisan divisions. Progressives, most Democrats, and moderate Republicans focused on the procedure's potential benefits for stem cell research, which in turn held promise of treating or curing a wide range of life-threatening diseases. Most Republicans, as well as Democrats who see embryos as human life, opposed the procedure because it involved creating and often destroying what they considered human life. The ban on human cloning proposed in the House also banned imports of products developed from cloning. Lofgren (D-CA) moved to recommit (send back) the bill to its committee with instructions to exempt products related to curing a variety of diseases--including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer, and heart disease--provided none of these products could be used to start a pregnancy. Progressives supported this motion, because they supported the scientific applications of human embryo cloning. However, the motion was voted down, 164-237.

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