In anticipation of the US Congressional vote on human cloning,
Norsigian of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective and other
feminists circulated a letter calling for a ban on cloning among
health and reproductive rights leaders. The letter and its more
100 signatories are posted at <www.ourbodiesourselves.org/clone3.htm>.
From the letter: "To allow the creation of human clones
would open the
door to treating humans like interchangeable manufactured objects
commodities. It would violate deeply and widely held values
human individuality and dignity. It would pave the way for unprecedented
new forms of eugenics. And it serves no justifiable purpose.
"Supporters of women's health and reproductive rights
reasons to oppose human cloning. There is no way that human
could be developed without unethical mass experimentation on
children. Further, cloning advocates are seeking to appropriate
language of reproductive rights and freedom of choice to support
case. This is a travesty, and needs to be challenged. There
immense difference between ending an unwanted pregnancy and
a duplicate human. . .
"We also call for a moratorium of five years on the use
of cloning to
create human embryos for research purposes. . ..The creation
human embryos, which would increase the difficulty of enforcing
on the production of genetic duplicate humans, is unnecessary
cell] investigations. This moratorium is prudent and reasonable
when faced with a technology of such profound consequence."
To add your name and/or organization to the letter, or to discuss
please contact Judy Norsigian at <[email protected]> or Marcy
at Contact us.
The fact that human cloning is opposed by women's health advocates
other pro-choice constituencies is just beginning to be noticed
media. One of the first stories on this broad opposition appeared
the San Francisco Chronicle on August 9. See <www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/