At their September 22 meeting in Los Angeles, the California
Legislature Advisory Committee on Human Cloning heard testimony
Lawrence Goldstein, UC San Diego, and from Glenn McGee, University
Pennsylvania. McGee is the author of "The Perfect Baby"
(NY: Rowman &
Littlefield, 1997), whose concluding chapter is titled "The
Deadly Sins of Genetic Enhancement." There was no public
Goldstein's presentation focused on technical issues. He indicated
that he would like to see California's cloning legislation sunset
not be replaced, though he would not be "violently opposed"
extension of the moratorium as long as it didn't get in the
stem cell research.
McGee advocated what he called a "practical" approach
cloning that would allow different attitudes to cloning in different
jurisdictions, even within the state. He suggested that supervision
be handled by family court judges on a case-by-case basis. Committee
members pointed out that judges have had difficulties with surrogacy
cases, and argued that even if they did handle case-by-case
they would need legislative guidance.
The next meeting of the Cloning Committee will be in San Francisco
January. No testimony is planned; instead the Committee will
consideration of its final report based on a draft outline to
written by Henry Greely, professor of law and co-director of
in Genomics, Ethics, and Society at Stanford University.
This account is based on communications from Pete Shanks, who
the Los Angeles meeting.