Ohio Christian Alliance Urges Up or Down Vote on
S.B. 174 Ohio’s Ban on Human Cloning
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 29, 2008
OCA President Chris Long issued the following statement:
“Today’s scheduled hearing constitutes the fifth hearing on S.B.
174. The committee has heard previously from medical experts in
support of this legislation – Dr. David Prentice of the Family
Research Council and Dr. Dennis Sullivan of Cedarville University
– to completely ban human cloning in Ohio. And today the pro-clone
industry finally got its act together and offered opposition
testimony and suggestions on how to gut the bill.
Let me state unequivocally that we support S.B. 174 with no
amendments and no language changes. The suggestions made today
represent nothing more than a 'clone and kill' bill. They want to
play a game of semantics by trying to differentiate between types
of cloning, but we're not fooled. What we will not ignore is that
they would allow for human life to be created, experimented on and
then destroyed. While we're not opposed to research and medical
advancement, we do believe that it must be grounded in the basic
tenet that ALL human life is precious and deserving of our
protection. Their substitute language flatly rejects this basic
value and treats human life like a commodity.
The Senators on this Committee have a clear and cut choice –
support the original ban on human cloning with no amendments and
demonstrate a respect for all human life OR gut the original bill,
substitute ‘clone and kill’ language and put Ohio on a path where
human life is regarded as a commodity or the proverbial ‘guinea
pig’ of researchers.
Enough hearings have been held and the public has had ample time
to weigh in with the committee. It is now time to allow this
legislation to move forward. We call on Chairman Goodman to
schedule an up/down vote on S.B. 174 and then move it to the full
Senate for consideration. Anything short of this is unacceptable”.
Contact: Chris Long 330-887-1922