Re: A.6632, Fitzpatrick: In relation to the “human cloning prohibition act”

Published on April 30th, 2018

Memorandum of Support

The above-referenced bill would completely and comprehensively prohibit human cloning or “somatic cell nuclear transfer,” both for “reproductive” purposes and for so-called “therapeutic” purposes.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation.

In 2006, South Korean research which had purportedly cloned human embryos and created genetically-matched embryonic stem cell lines was investigated and found to be completely fabricated. Hundreds of female eggs were used, millions in government funds were expended, and not one embryonic stem cell line was created. Yet this experimentation took society further down the slippery slope toward the manufacture and willful destruction of human beings.

This legislation is needed to prevent similar experimentation from taking place in New York State. The enactment of the “Empire State Stem Cell Board and Trust Fund” prohibits state monies from funding so-called “reproductive cloning,” yet allows the process of reproductive cloning to be carried out. Some scientists seek to clone human embryos for implantation and subsequent birth in order to assist infertile couples.

Other scientists seek to clone human embryos for the subsequent dissection and harvesting of their embryonic stem cells for research purposes. The Empire State Stem Cell Board and Trust Fund not only allows, but finances this cloning activity. Moreover, the Board permits state monies to be used to pay female donors for the eggs used in this research.

This bill would prohibit human cloning both for research purposes and for reproductive purposes. The Catholic Conference views human cloning and embryonic stem cell research as alarming assaults on the dignity and value of human life. Such technology reduces the precious gift of human life to a manufactured product that can be discarded at will. Human embryos become a means to an end rather than an end in and of themselves.

We urge a favorable vote on this bill.

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