What: All Issues : Health Care : Embryo Cloning for Scientific Purposes : HR 534. Human Cloning Ban/Passage of a Bill to Ban Human Cloning and Potentially Life-Saving Research on Human Embryos. (2003 house Roll Call 39)
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HR 534. Human Cloning Ban/Passage of a Bill to Ban Human Cloning and Potentially Life-Saving Research on Human Embryos.
house Roll Call 39     Feb 27, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The development of cloning technology raised new political questions that divided old alliances. Despite concerns about cloning for reproduction, the more immediate question concerned scientific research. Moderate Republicans, most Democrats, and Progressives favored the procedure as a way to produce stem cells for research that might one day cure a wide range of life-threatening illnesses, while most Republicans, as well as Democrats who see embryos as human life, opposed the very same research as murder because it involved the destruction of the cloned embryos. A ban on all human cloning--for whatever purpose--was proposed in the House, with up to 10 years in prison and fines of at least $1 million for violators. The bill would also ban imported embryo clones and any products made from them. Progressives opposed the ban, but it passed, 241-155.

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