All the Same

June 1997
National Review;6/30/1997, Vol. 49 Issue 12, p17
The article offers a look at a legislative ban on human cloning that was proposed by the National Bioethics Advisory Commission in the U.S. on June 7, 1997. The commission's recommendation suggests that the prohibition against cloning should expire in three to five years. It may be extended if a body of experts recommends otherwise. Meanwhile, prohibition on cloning people should be permanent. One objection raised is that if cloning is banned in the U.S., people may go to other countries where the procedure is allowed. Fortunately, Great Britain has already banned human cloning, and other countries are considering to follow Great Britain. U.S. should lead in the securing of international agreement to outlaw the procedure. Furthermore, a national ban should include not only federally funded projects but also private initiatives.


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