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National Right to Life Runs Radio Ad in Seven Utah Cities, Urging Senator Hatch to Vote No on Human Embryo Farms

Feb 24, 2002 | 2002 Press Releases

WASHINGTON — The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s largest pro-life organization, is launching a radio ad campaign to ask citizens to urge Senator Orrin Hatch (R) to “say no to human embryo hatcheries.” The ads will begin running Monday in seven Utah cities, including Salt Lake and Ogden. In some cities, they will air on multiple stations.

The ad anticipates U.S. Senate action in March on a bill (S. 1899), sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Ks.), that would ban the cloning of human embryos. The ad explains that “some biotechnology corporations are working on a nightmare project. Using cloning techniques already used on animals, they plan to mass produce human embryos, then kill them in experimentation. They plan to start human embryo farms. In Washington, the House of Representatives has passed a bill to ban the cloning of human embryos. President Bush has urged the Senate to pass the same bill.” Listeners are encouraged to call Sen. Hatch’s various offices in Utah.

According to the February 6 edition of Congress Daily, Sen. Hatch “insisted in an interview that he has yet to reach a final decision,” but “strongly hinted . . . that he will come out against a House-passed bill that would ban all forms of human cloning and for a bill that would allow creation of embryos for research.” However, in April, 2000, Senator Hatch promised that he would “vote for measures to protect living human embryos from being used for medical experiments that would harm or kill them.”

Utah’s other senator, Robert Bennett, is a co-sponsor of the Brownback bill. When the same legislation passed the U.S. House on July 31, 2001, all three congressmen from Utah voted in favor of the bill to ban the cloning of human embryos, and voted against the bio-tech industry’s alternative bill, which allows human embryo farms. (Republicans James Hansen and Chris Cannon, and Democrat Jim Matheson.)

In a related development, the organization “Stop Human Cloning” today announced that it will begin a nine-day run of TV ads to promote the Brownback bill in North Dakota and Georgia, two states which are represented by four undecided senators. [To view the TV ads or read the scripts, see www.cloninginformation.org.]

Contact NRLC for the text of the Utah radio ad or for further documentation on the statements made in the ad. Listen to the ad below. For further information on the cloning of human embryos and the “clone and kill” legislation being pushed by the biotechnology industry, see www.nrlc.org/federal/kilingembryos

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