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March 9, 2005

General Assembly approves declaration banning all forms of cloning

Topics: Medicine

I have to admit that I certainly didn't expect the UN to pass this declaration, but I am in favor of it provided the reservations supported by the US position are accepted [the development of cell and tissue-based therapies based on research involving cloning technology to produce DNA molecules, organs, plants, tissues, cells (other than human embryos), or animals (other than humans)are not prohibited].

(...) The United States, which voted for the Declaration, said its Government's position remained the same as it had recently expressed in the Sixth Committee last year.

(...) A US Government position paper said it supported a total ban on human cloning. It added, however, "Any ban on human cloning should explicitly state that it does not prohibit the development of cell and tissue-based therapies based on research involving cloning technology to produce DNA molecules, organs, plants, tissues, cells (other than human embryos), or animals (other than humans).

The United Nations General Assembly has approved a declaration calling on all UN Member States to ban all forms of human cloning, including cloning for medical treatment, as incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.

By a vote of 84 in favour, 34 against and 37 abstaining, with 36 absent, the Assembly acted on the recommendation of its Legal, or Sixth, Committee to adopt the text, called the United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning. But some delegates said they opposed banning therapeutic cloning.

Hat tip - Roth Report

Posted by Hyscience at March 9, 2005 12:00 AM



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