House splits on defeat of human cloning ban

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The bill bans human reproductive cloning. Nothing more, nothing less,” said Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., the bill’s sponsor. “It defies logic why anyone would vote against this bill.” But the White House, which issued a veto threat on the bill, and Republicans saw it differently, saying the bill would facilitate the creation of cloned human embryos to be used for research and then destroyed. WASHINGTON – House Republicans united Wednesday to reject a Democratic-backed bill to ban human reproductive cloning, a prelude to the larger battle this week over the federal funding of stem cell research. The 213-204 vote against the cloning bill fell far short of the two-thirds majority needed under a special procedure that limits debate and does not allow amendments. The parties accused each other of using the legislation to score political points before a vote today to send a stem cell bill to the White House that President George W. Bush says he will veto. Only 14 of 196 voting Republicans supported it. Among Democrats, 190 of the 221 voting were for it. The bill, hastily added to the House agenda Wednesday, makes it illegal to use cloning technology to initiate a pregnancy and create a cloned human being. Violators would be subject to up to 10 years in prison and face fines of up to $10 million. last_img

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