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Oklahoma, Minnesota take stand against cloningcomment (0)

May 28, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Legislature has unanimously approved a bill to prohibit all forms of human cloning, while Minnesota’s governor has signed a bill prohibiting the use of state funds for human cloning.

Oklahoma’s House of Representatives voted 83–0 for the measure May 15, and the Senate passed the bill with a 44–0 vote the same day, according to The Daily Oklahoman.

The bill approved by the Oklahoma Legislature May 15 would ban the creation of an embryo by cloning in order to harvest his or her stem cells, as well as the production of an embryo for the purpose of carrying the child to term.

In Minnesota, the May 16 measure, which became law as part of legislation funding higher education, bars the University of Minnesota from using state money to pursue human cloning, according to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL).

The ban applies to cloning for both research and reproductive purposes. It is believed the University of Minnesota’s Stem Cell Institute is seeking to produce clones for research, MCCL reported.

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