By Dave Andrusko
The state of Minnesota is in the midst of a bruising standoff between pro-abortion Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and the pro-life Republican House and Senate over a new budget. A casualty, hopefully only temporary, is the reauthorization of a ban on taxpayer funding of human cloning which Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) help to pass during the 2009 legislative session.
The two-year ban on state funding of all forms of human cloning ended June 30. MCCL has supported legislative efforts to either ban human cloning (authored by Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, and Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville) or to enact a statutory prohibition on taxpayer funding of human cloning (authored by Rep. King Banaian, R-St. Cloud, and Sen. Fischbach).
According to MCCL, both of these efforts were ultimately included in omnibus bills and vetoed by Gov. Dayton. “If no language is included in the final budget agreement, Minnesota’s established pro-life policy on human cloning will end and Minnesota taxpayers can legally be forced to fund human cloning and human cloning experimentation,” MCCL explained.
MCCL clearly has public opinion on its side. Gallup’s 2011 Values and Beliefs poll, released in early May, found that 84 percent of Americans believe human cloning is morally wrong.
“Minnesotans, like the vast majority of American citizens, are opposed to the cloning of human beings,” said MCCL Legislative Associate Jordan Bauer. “People don’t want human life treated as mere raw material for experiments, and they do not want to pay for such unethical activity.”
Unfortunately, the University of Minnesota has been a staunch opponent of legislative efforts to ban human cloning. As discussed here several times before, the University of Minnesota made the mind-boggling assertion that producing a human organism by cloning and then destroying it after five to 10 days, is not cloning.
Of course it is. Whether the cloned embryo is destroyed or allowed to live does not change the definition of cloning. In addition to bungling the biology, the University also testified in favor of taxpayer funding of efforts to clone human beings.
MCCL provided testimony in hearings on both bills in support of legal protections from human cloning. MCCL lobbyists explained that not only do the American people strongly oppose human cloning, the United Nations does also.
In addition, researchers in America and around the globe are rejecting human cloning and are turning to other forms of research that are both ethical and more successful.
“Human cloning is unethical and obsolete,” Bauer said. “MCCL and the citizens of the state call upon the Legislature and Gov. Dayton to include a ban on all human cloning in their negotiations.”
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