U.S. States

Individual states have passed differing laws regarding human biotechnologies, creating an often inconsistent policy patchwork across the country. This is particularly the case with regard to human reproductive cloning, embryo cloning for stem cell research, and surrogacy. While more than a dozen states prohibit human reproductive cloning, the rest have not addressed it in law. Several states prohibit the creation of cloned human embryos for stem cell research, while others – notably California, which prohibits reproductive cloning – have invested billions of dollars in stem cell research programs that fund it. Laws and regulations pertaining to assisted reproduction, especially surrogacy, also vary significantly from state to state.
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At a time when civil rights, health services, and climate justice are under attack nationally, California is leading the way toward a more humane future.  Local governments’ commitment to sanctuary cities, passage of laws to safeguard reproductive health services, and concrete steps to address climate change put California’s city, county and state governments at the forefront of a progressive agenda that stands up to irrational national policies.

And now California has the opportunity to be a leader in yet another...

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Today in America, if you are poor, you are also more likely to suffer from poor health. Low socioeconomic status—and the lack of access to healthcare that often accompanies it—has been tied to mental illnessobesityheart disease...

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Coerced sterilizations are a shade away from eugenics.

Last Thursday, Tennessee judge Sam Benningfield was suddenly inundated with accusations of...

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As a state legislator, I served on the House committee that drafted Ohio’s current death penalty law. Later, as Ohio...

DNA profile illuminated by a light.

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Landscape photo of the US Supreme Court building. with the sun and blue sky above.

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Historical marker in Raleigh, North Carolina H116 which states, "Eugenics Board: State action led to the sterilization by choice or coercion of over 7,600 people, 1933-1973. Met after 1939 one block E."

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A pregnant woman of color sits at a bench and table, looking down. Behind her, there is a lake and a tree trunk.

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