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Voice: Get your congressmen to vote against human cloning, stem cell research

August 06, 2001

How did your congressman vote on human cloning?

Tuesday, the House voted for the Human Cloning Prohibition Act (H.R. 2505), which was sponsored by Rep. Dave Weldon (R-Fla.) and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

The House voted against a competing "clone and kill" bill proposed by Rep. Jim Greenwood (R-Pa.) and backed by the biotech industry lobby, which would have allowed embryos to be created by cloning for research and then killed.

Check out how your congressman voted at thomas.local.gov or www.nrk.org

Also, check out www.stemcellresearch.org for more information from the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.

Then call your congressman at (202) 225-3121.

If she voted against human cloning, thank her and ask her to always vote to respect the rights of all human beings, from fertilization to natural death.

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If he didn't vote against human cloning, then ask a few of these questions: "Why do you think it's OK to clone human beings? When does human life begin? If a human embryo is not human, than what kind of embryo is it? Do you think it is OK for governments or private research companies to create human beings? Do you think it's OK for governments or private research companies to do experiments on human beings without their consent?

"Is there a difference between a lab rat and a human being? Since I am a former human embryo, what legal guarantees do I have that my government will never experiment on or kill me?"

Then call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to vote for HR 2505 without any weakening amendments and stop all human cloning. I also encourage you to take a step further and tell them that you are opposed to any experimentation and killing of any human being, from fertilization to natural death.

These votes may be among the most important votes our representatives in Congress will cast in our lifetimes.

Our representatives need to hear from us.

SHAWN LOY

Austin, Ind.

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