Christian Medical Association Doctors Urge Human Cloning Ban

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Christian Medical Association

    WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The 14,000-member Christian Medical
 Association (CMA) (http://www.cmdahome.org ) today highlighted the moral and
 ethical aspects of genetic engineering while lending support to federal
 legislation to ban human cloning.
     In letters to Congressman Dave Weldon and Senator Sam Brownback, CMA
 Executive Director David Stevens, MD noted, "Recent Congressional testimony
 has made clear that, absent effective legal restraint, certain reckless
 individuals and companies fully plan to attempt to clone human beings.  With
 biomedical technology racing past our ethical moorings, it is essential to
 anchor these scientific capabilities with our moral convictions."  Weldon and
 Brownback yesterday introduced legislation to ban human cloning.
     Stevens also noted, "This bill is a clear and unequivocal ban on human
 cloning -- not a misleading ban on implanting a cloned human embryo.  As such,
 it offers protection to the hundreds or thousands of living human beings who
 would otherwise be destroyed during attempts to clone a human being."
     CMA's letter noted its opposition to human cloning on scientific, ethical,
 societal and moral grounds.  Stevens observed, "Scientifically speaking, human
 cloning risks mutation, gross abnormalities, transmission of mitochondrial
 diseases, and other yet-unknown effects of tampering with the mystery of
 aging.  Ethically, the use of human life merely as a means to an end is
 morally unacceptable.  "Children are unique individuals with inestimable
 worth; their value is not derived from serving as replacements for other human
 beings.  Human cloning deviates from the wisdom of God's design for human
 relationships and genetic diversity."
     The letters and legislation can be viewed on the CMA web site
 www.cmdahome.org under the Washington Bureau.  Interviews available upon
 request.  Contact Annemarie Dugan, Media & Public Relations Coordinator at
 (423) 844-1000.
 
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SOURCE Christian Medical Association
    WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The 14,000-member Christian Medical
 Association (CMA) (http://www.cmdahome.org ) today highlighted the moral and
 ethical aspects of genetic engineering while lending support to federal
 legislation to ban human cloning.
     In letters to Congressman Dave Weldon and Senator Sam Brownback, CMA
 Executive Director David Stevens, MD noted, "Recent Congressional testimony
 has made clear that, absent effective legal restraint, certain reckless
 individuals and companies fully plan to attempt to clone human beings.  With
 biomedical technology racing past our ethical moorings, it is essential to
 anchor these scientific capabilities with our moral convictions."  Weldon and
 Brownback yesterday introduced legislation to ban human cloning.
     Stevens also noted, "This bill is a clear and unequivocal ban on human
 cloning -- not a misleading ban on implanting a cloned human embryo.  As such,
 it offers protection to the hundreds or thousands of living human beings who
 would otherwise be destroyed during attempts to clone a human being."
     CMA's letter noted its opposition to human cloning on scientific, ethical,
 societal and moral grounds.  Stevens observed, "Scientifically speaking, human
 cloning risks mutation, gross abnormalities, transmission of mitochondrial
 diseases, and other yet-unknown effects of tampering with the mystery of
 aging.  Ethically, the use of human life merely as a means to an end is
 morally unacceptable.  "Children are unique individuals with inestimable
 worth; their value is not derived from serving as replacements for other human
 beings.  Human cloning deviates from the wisdom of God's design for human
 relationships and genetic diversity."
     The letters and legislation can be viewed on the CMA web site
 www.cmdahome.org under the Washington Bureau.  Interviews available upon
 request.  Contact Annemarie Dugan, Media & Public Relations Coordinator at
 (423) 844-1000.
 
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