Conservative Group Urges Mississippi to Ban Human Cloning

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A conservative group is urging the Mississippi House of Representatives to approve a bill that would ban all human cloning.

The measure (HB 1202) prohibits the creation of cloned humans at any stage of development. It also bans the use of the cloning technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), which was used to create the cloned sheep Dolly.

"Some claim that scientists should be allowed to clone human embryos for experiments, hoping the research could lead to treatments for diseases. But the truth is that human cloning, unlike adult stem cell therapy, has produced no such treatments," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

"South Korean claims to have cloned embryos to get cells matched to patients have been proven to be a complete fraud," he said, referring to South Korean cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-suk who was found to have lied about his cloning successes.

Meanwhile, Perkins said, adult stem cells and umbilical cord blood stem cells have been found to be medically beneficial.

"Patients with spinal cord injury, heart damage, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and sickle cell anemia have already found help from adult stem cells. These are real treatments for real patients, not wishful thinking by eager scientists," said Perkins.

He said failure to ban cloning "would make us more liberal than France, Canada and the United Nations, all of which ban all human cloning."

See Earlier Stories:
US Journal to Retract Discredited Stem Cell Paper (Dec. 30, 2005)
Embryonic Cloning 'Embedded in Lies,' Says Ethicist (Dec. 19, 2005)

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