Communications Department

Americans Oppose Cloning Human Embryos for Research

Jul 26, 2001 | Killing Embryos

The biotechnology industry is pushing for a deceptive “cloning ban” sponsored by James Greenwood. This bill actually permits, protects, and licenses the unlimited creation of cloned human embryos for experimentation as long as those embryos are destroyed before being implanted in a mother’s womb. It would more accurately be termed a “clone and kill” bill.

In the past, even major defenders of harmful research on human embryos have rejected the idea of special creation of embryos for research.

“The creation of human embryos specifically for research that will destroy them is unconscionable.”

–Editorial, “Embryos: Drawing the Line,” Washington Post, October 2, 1994, C6

“What the NIH must decide is whether to put a seal of approval on . . . creating embryos when necessary through in vitro fertilization, conducting experiments on them and throwing them away when the experiments are finished. . . . The price for this potential progress is to disregard in the case of embryos the basic ethical principal that no human’s bodily integrity may be violated involuntarily, no matter how much good may result for others.”

— Editorial, “Life is precious, even in the lab,” Chicago Tribune, November 30, 1994

“. . . We should not be involved in the creation of embryos for research. I completely agree with my colleagues on that score.”

— Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 142 Congressional Record at H7343, July 11, 1996

“. . . I do not believe that federal funds should be used to support the creation of human embryos for research purposes, and I have directed that NIH not allocate any resources for such research.”

— President Bill Clinton, Statement by the President, December 2, 1994

“We can all be assured that the research at the National Institutes of Health will be conducted with the highest level of integrity. No embryos will be created for research purposes . . . .”

— Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), 142 Congressional Record at H7343, July 11, 1996

“. . . The manufacture of embryos for stem cell research . . . may be morally suspect because it violates our desire to accord special standing and status to human conception, procreation, and sexuality.”

— Arthur Caplan, Director, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, Testimony before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, December 2, 1998

Public Opinion Speaks:

“Should scientists be allowed to use human cloning to create a supply of human embryos to be destroyed in medical research?” (International Communications Research Poll, June 2001)

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No – 86%

Don’t Know/Refused – 4.3%

Yes – 9.8%



“Do you think scientists should be allowed to clone human beings or don’t you think so? (Time/CNN Poll, April 30, 2001)




No – 88%

Not Sure – 2%

Yes – 10%


So-called “therapeutic cloning,” just like “reproductive cloning,” creates a human embryo. These embryos are killed when their stem cells are harvested in the name of “medical research.”

” . . . Any effort in humans to transfer a somatic cell nucleus into an enucleated egg involves the creation of an embryo, with the apparent potential to be implanted in utero and developed to term.”

— Cloning Human Beings: Report and Recommendations of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (Rockville, MD: June 1997, Executive Summary).

“We can debate all day whether an embryo is or isn’t a person. But it is unquestionably human life, complete with its own unique set of human genes that inform and drive its own development. The idea of the manufacture of such a magnificent thing as a human life purely for the purpose of conducting research is grotesque, at best. Whether or not it is federally funded.”

— Editorial, “Embryo Research is Inhuman,” Chicago Sun-Times, October 10, 1994, 25

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