The Osgood File - March 29
(NEW YORK) (WCBS)
Human Cloning Ban
Politicians are not scientists yet sometimes they must make scientific
decisions. They are not clergy or ethicists yet sometimes they must
make laws involving deeply moral ethical matters. There is in Congress
a bill on the subject of human reproductive cloning.
While some say human cloning must be banned, now and forever, others
complain that those who oppose it would not be the Columbuses of
tomorrow, taking the bold step to discover America.
Among those to testify before a House panel Wednesday was Dr. Panos
Zavos, who resigned this month from the University of Kentucky to
work on human cloning.
"We are talking about the development of a technology that can
give an infertile and childless couple the right to reproduce and
have a child and above all complete its life cycle," said Zavos
But at what cost?
Dr. George Siedel of Colorado State University is an animal cloning
expert. Among the animals that have been cloned are sheep, cows,
pigs, goats and mice.
"There are defects in some of them,” says Seidel. “In
lungs, heart and immune system. There are some limb deformities.”
That won't happen with human cloning claims, Dr. Zavos.
"We have no intentions to step over dead bodies or deformed
babies to accomplish this,” he said.
"Before you can successfully make a healthy baby through cloning
you'll probably have 999 deformed children and or miscarriages so
the experimentation with humans is not safe, and it isn't fair,” said
Representative Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania, chairman of the House
subcommittee that held the hearing.
Dr. Zavos sees human cloning as progress both human and scientific.
"Those that say ban it, those would not be the Neil Armstrong’s
that would fly us to the moon and walk us on it," said Zavos.
But that is not how most in Congress see it. It's not how President
Bush sees it either.
"The President believes that the moral and ethical issues posed
by human cloning are profound and cannot be ignored even in the quest
for scientific discovery," said President Bush’s press
secretary Ari Fleischer.