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National Right to Life Radio Ad Urges Sens. Johnson and Daschle to Join Congressman Thune and President Bush to Ban Human Embryo Farms

Apr 3, 2002 | 2002 Press Releases

WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) has launched a radio ad, “South Dakota Says No to Human Embryo Farms,” asking listeners to urge Senators Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle to support a bill to ban the cloning of human embryos — a bill already supported by Congressman John Thune and President Bush. The ad will begin running today on multiple stations in five different cities, including Rapid City and Sioux Falls.

A transcript of the ad appears below. Listen to the ad:

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The ad anticipates U.S. Senate action this month or next on a bill (S. 1899), sponsored by Senators Sam Brownback (R-Ks.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), that would ban the cloning of human embryos. The Brownback-Landrieu bill is supported by National Right to Life, South Dakota Right to Life, and other pro-life groups. It is also supported by a broad coalition of environmental organizations, women’s health organizations, and other groups not associated with the pro-life movement. (For more information on the broad coalition to ban all human cloning, see www.cloninginformation.org.) The biotechnology industry lobby is pushing a counter-proposal, falsely labeled as a “human cloning ban,” which in reality would permit so-called “therapeutic cloning” — that is, the mass cloning of human embryos for use in lethal experiments or as medical commodities. Pro-life groups refer to this as the “clone and kill” bill, because it would prohibit the implantation of any cloned human embryo in a womb — requiring the federal government to ensure that every cloned human embryo is killed.

The ad takes the form of a conversation between a man and a woman about the issue. The man refers to the recent overwhelming approval by the South Dakota legislature of a resolution condemning “therapeutic cloning” and urging the U.S. Senate to approve the Brownback bill. He notes, “The U.S. House already passed that bill, with Congressman Thune’s support, and President Bush supports it. So now the only obstacle is the U.S. Senate.” He also explains that the two senators have indicated they may vote for the competing bill. The woman responds in dismay that this would “allow human embryo farms to open for profit.” The ad concludes with an appeal for listeners to call the senators’ offices to “urge them to vote for the Brownback bill to ban the cloning of human embryos.”

For further information on the Brownback-Landrieu bill and the “clone and kill” legislation being pushed by the biotechnology industry, see the National Right to Life website at www.nrlc.org/federal/killingembryos

South Dakota Says No to Human Embryo Farms
60-second radio ad

NARRATOR: This is an urgent message from National Right to Life.

MAN: Look! The South Dakota legislature passed a resolution to urge a federal ban on the cloning of human embryos. It passed 32-1 in the state senate and 63 to 4 in the state house!

WOMAN: I saw that! Nearly every Republican and every Democrat agreed! They urged the U.S. Senate to pass the Brownback bill to ban the cloning of human embryos.

MAN: Yes! The U.S. House already passed that bill, with Congressman Thune’s support, and President Bush supports it. So now the only obstacle is the U.S. Senate.

WOMAN: So what do Senators Johnson and Daschle say?

MAN: They’re still undecided. They might even vote for a competing bill that would allow human embryos to be created for the purpose of killing them in experiments.

WOMAN: You mean our senators might vote to allow human embryo farms to open for profit? I’m going to call their offices today!

NARRATOR: Please call toll free, Senator Johnson at 1-800-537-0025, and Senator Daschle at 1-800-424-9094. Urge them to vote for the Brownback bill to ban the cloning of human embryos.