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EDITORS' NOTE

Genetic Crossroads
June 21st, 2001


The politics of human cloning have been in rapid flux in the
US this

month. Congress has heard from supporters and opponents of cloning
at

several recent committee hearings and briefings. The biotech
industry

is mobilizing once more to defeat any meaningful ban on human
cloning.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on cloning
legislation

within the next six weeks; the Senate will take it up this fall.


A June 14 briefing sponsored by Progressive Caucus Chair Dennis
Kucinich

was organized by the Exploratory Initiative on the New Human
Genetic

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
to human

cloning is confined to those who also oppose abortion rights.


This issue of Genetic Crossroads describes the two key bills
before the

House. In the next issue, a special edition out soon, we'll
discuss the

political situation and suggest what people opposed to human
cloning

can do.

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