Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2001
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

SENATE APPROVES BAN ON HUMAN CLONING

AUSTIN - The Texas Senate today voted to ban human cloning in Texas and make violators subject to a first-degree felony and/or civil penalties up to $10 million in approving Senate Bill 102 authored by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The bill, which passed in a unanimous vote, now goes to the House for consideration.

"The medical problems, enormous weight gain and deformities that occur in the vast majority of cloned animal experiments are so severe that it would be unthinkable to subject human children, cloned or not, to such probabilities. We need strong penalties to reflect the gravity of this issue," Senator Nelson said. "While it is important for us to support the miraculous advances in medicine today, the miracle of making a child should be left to the real experts: moms and dads."

The bill would give Texas the strongest anti-human cloning law in the nation, considering that only Michigan, California, Rhode Island and Louisiana have enacted bans and only Michigan has made human cloning a criminal offense. No federal law exists, although Congressional hearings have been held and an executive order has been passed to prevent federal funding from being used for human cloning activity.

While the respected research community recognizes a voluntary moratorium on human cloning, there are rogue operators who have announced plans to clone human children. One web site -- Cloneaid.com -- claims to provide a DNA bank for parents so that in the event of a child's death that child could be reborn as a clone.

"This is a promise that cannot and should not be kept. Life and death are part of the human condition, and it is wrong to allow grieving parents to be manipulated in this fashion," Senator Nelson said.

Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Tarrant counties.

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