U.N. CLONING BAN BLOCKED

Autor: Steve Jordahl Fuente: Family News In Focus

The United Nations has dropped its efforts to forbid all human cloning.

A resolution to ban all forms of human cloning, even for stem-cell research, has been put on hold at the United Nations.

The measure had the support of more than 60 countries, but was blocked by a procedural motion.

Costa Rican Ambassador Bruno Stagno Ugarte said he believes he had the votes to pass the total cloning ban, but a group of European countries that would profit from cloning research put up a fight.

"The so-called Belgian Group," Ugarte explained, "circulated a letter whereby they indicated that they were willing to stall the entire process by deferring the consideration of this item for a full year."

In its stead, pro-life countries are backing a somewhat weaker declaration that could be used as a stepping stone to bring back the total ban. It could be ratified as early as spring.

"This Italian proposal is calling for a United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning," Ugarte said. "It's a very succinct declaration, but it has some very clear language."

The U.S. State Department, which is hoping to head off alternate proposals that would allow embryonic stem-cell research, said it welcomes the opportunity for continued dialogue.

"The creation of the working group could actually provide further opportunity for the United States to press the position that all human cloning is wrong and should be banned," said Edgar Vasquez, a State Department spokesman.

Jeanne Head of International Right to Life said if countries allow embryonic stem-cell research, it would have disastrous consequences: patented embryos, embryo farms and the exploitation of women through the harvesting of their eggs.

Head added that if the U.N. allows therapeutic cloning, it would, in effect, be passing a treaty that required the killing of another human being, something the group hasn't even done for abortion.

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