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2002: "Strange Bedfellows" and Beyond


In 2001 and 2002, several newspapers wrote articles about the emerging opposition to cloning and human genetic manipulation among feminists, environmentalists, liberals and progressives. Most press accounts reported this opposition as a "strange bedfellows" or "odd coalition" story, and failed to explain that the concerns of conservative opponents of cloning are very different from those that motivate pro-choice liberals or progressives.

Richard Willing, "Odd Mix of Activists Stands Together against Cloning," USA Today (July 16, 2001)
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20010716/3484335s.htm

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Some for Abortion Rights Lean Right in Cloning Fight," The New York Times (January 24, 2002)
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/24/politics/24CLON.html

  • Judy Norsigian's letter to the editor in response to the article acknowledges the similarities in positions while emphasizing the important differences between supporters and opponents of abortion rights.
    http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/clonyt.htm

Wesley J. Smith, "Strange Clonefellows: The Left-right Anti-cloning Coalition," The Weekly Standard (Vol. 7, No. 21, February 11, 2002)
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/000/869vvfqt.asp

Kristen Philipkoski, "Cloning Makes Strange Bedfellows," Wired (March 25, 2002)
http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,51247,00.html


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