AZ Bill to ban Human Cloning and Human-Animal Hybrids passes Senate

March 15, 2010 at 6:28 PM Leave a comment

Arizona Republic, March 13, 2010
Bill would ban embryo sales, human-animal ‘hybrids’

The following excerpt is from the AZ Republic article on a bill co-drafted by Bioethics Defense Fund:
. . . . The Arizona Senate has approved its version of the bill, with most Republicans supporting it and Democrats opposing it. The House has not yet voted. State law prohibits the use of public money for human cloning as well as research on embryos or fetuses resulting from an abortion.

Arizona would be the second state in the nation to pass the embryo restrictions. Louisiana was first last year.

Nikolas Nikas, president of the Scottsdale-based pro-life-advocacy group Bioethics Defense Fund, testified in legislative hearings that the bill addresses two “violations of human dignity”: cloning and the creation of human-animal hybrids.

“This is not science fiction. This is aimed at something going on in the United Kingdom now,” he said. “But just because it can be done, doesn’t mean it should be done.” . . . . 

      * Read the full article and bill summary here, including arguments being made by the bill’s opponents who, despite their medical background, have trouble with the scientific fact that human embryos are indeed “human lives.”

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