The politics of human cloning have been in rapid flux in the
month. Congress has heard from supporters and opponents of cloning
several recent committee hearings and briefings. The biotech
is mobilizing once more to defeat any meaningful ban on human
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on cloning
within the next six weeks; the Senate will take it up this fall.
A June 14 briefing sponsored by Progressive Caucus Chair Dennis
was organized by the Exploratory Initiative on the New Human
Technologies and the International Center for Technology Assessment.
Testimony from progressives and feminists at that event and
at a June
20 committee hearing should help dispel the mistaken idea, repeated
recently in several prominent media reports, that opposition
cloning is confined to those who also oppose abortion rights.
This issue of Genetic Crossroads describes the two key bills
House. In the next issue, a special edition out soon, we'll
political situation and suggest what people opposed to human