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Surprise Vote in U.S. House Today on Bill to Legitimize Human Cloning

Contact: Susan Armacost, Legislative Director, Wisconsin Right to Life, 414-778-5780


WASHINGTON, June 6 /Christian Newswire/ -- Wisconsin Right to Life learned late yesterday that a bill to foster the creation of cloned human embryos, for the purpose of using them in research that will kill them, will be on the floor of the U. S. House of Representatives today, Wednesday, June 6.  The legislation, HR 2560, is sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Co.).


"This is a blatant move on the part of the House Democratic leadership to ram the DeGette bill through the U.S. House," said Susan Armacost, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.  "This bill is being falsely labeled as a "ban" on human cloning but it is nothing of the sort!  It is a bill to legitimize the use of cloning in order to create any number of human embryos for use in research that will kill them.  Under this bill, it would be unlawful to attempt to allow such a human clone to live by implanting him or her in a womb."


The cloning vote will occur the day before the House is scheduled to take up S. 5, a bill to mandate federal funding of the kind of research that requires the killing of human embryos.  The embryos utilized under S. 5 would be created by in vitro fertilization, not cloning.  Wisconsin Right to Life strongly opposes S. 5.


To read the letter sent to U. S. House members by the National Right to Life Committee in opposition to the DeGette bill and for information on S. 5, go to www.nrlc.org