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Genetic Crossroads
March 31st, 2001

1. Papers on Women and Human Genetic Manipulation Available

Two new articles are available: "The Implications of Human Reproductive
Cloning and Germ Line Alteration for Women and Women's Health: Ten
Mis-conceptions" by Lisa Handwerker. Contact <[email protected]> or
see <www.ourbodiesourselves.org>.

"Human Germline Manipulation and Cloning as Women's Issues" by Marcy
Darnovsky. Contact us.

2. US Congressional Representatives on Cloning

Rep. James Greenwood (R-PA), chair of the House Energy and Commerce
oversight subcommittee: "We're dealing with the most profound of human
responsibilities--the future of our species."

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL): "Human cloning must be banned now and forever."

Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA), chair of the House Energy and Commerce
Committee: "Cloning may literally threaten the character of our human

Rep. Peter Deutsch (D-FL), ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce
Committee: Members seem to feel "a total consensus. . .that we should
absolutely, completely ban human cloning. . .It is our job to legislate
to make sure that human cloning is not legal and acceptable here in
the USA."

Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL): "Even if cloning begins with a benign purpose,
it could lead to scientific categories of superior and inferior people."

3. Condemnations of Human Cloning from Around the Globe

The cloning projects announced by the Antinori/Zavos team and by the
Raelian religious sect have sparked legislation on cloning in several
countries, and strong condemnations by scientists, senior government
officials, and many others:

- The Council of Europe's protocol against human cloning, the first
binding international ban, took effect on March 1 when a fifth nation
ratified it. Two weeks later, Italy joined Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Greece, and Georgia in ratifying the ban, by a 385-3 vote with 13
abstentions. The Romanian legislature also passed, without debate or
objection, a draft bill ratifying it. Twenty-four of the 43 Council of
Europe states have signed the protocol.

- The Canadian government now hopes to pass legislation this spring
banning human cloning and "germline" genetic engineering, and regulating
other genetic and reproductive technologies. <www.vancouversun.com/>

- The Xinhua News Agency reports that a member of the Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference National Committee stated that human
cloning is not allowed in China. <http://library.northernlight.com/
FA20010308420000036.html?cb3D0&dxg3D100= 6&sc3D0

- Antinori and Zavos were condemned by Britain's Human Fertilisation
and Embryology Authority and by the Australian Medical Association. The
Italian medical association warned that any member who tries to clone
a human risks expulsion and loss of the right to practice medicine.
<http://salon.com/mwt/wire/2001/03/12/cloning/index.html>; <http://
www.abc.net.au/news/science/ research/2001/03/item20010310123616_1.htm

- The Cypriot government said it would not permit human cloning after
Antinori identified Cyprus as a possible locale for his project.

- Panos Zavos agreed to retire from the University of Kentucky, where
he was professor of animal sciences in the agriculture department since
the early 1980s. Zavos said university officials were concerned by his
association with the human cloning effort.


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