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The Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) industry was created to help infertile couples conceive children. About 11% of American couples are infertile and about 1% of all births require ART. With California leading the way in this $4 billion/year industry, there were about 306,000 ART cycles performed at 456 fertility clinics during 2018, resulting in 81,478 live born infants. This private, self-regulated industry offers couples a variety of ART techniques including in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, gamete intra-fallopian transfer and artificial insemination. Fertility clinics sell the eggs, sperm and expertise needed to treat couples with infertility conditions. Many of these clinics now offer gender determination services where a couple may select the sex of their child. Rapid advances in genetic technology may one day soon give parents the option of modifying their unborn children to protect them from acquired or inherited diseases.

Supporters claim this technology could also conceivably be used to make children tall, muscled, blue eyed, intelligent or possess any other trait a parent may consider desirable. Opponents claim it is unethical to remove, implant or alter the genes of an unborn human being, saying such efforts revisit the Nazi specter of eugenics which held that selective breeding could improve the human race. They claim there is no way to test this technology without endangering and sacrificing many lives, since the degree of success of such procedures often can’t be assessed until the subjects grow and age.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.2164 - Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2012 (113th Congress 2013-2014)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Andy Harris (MD)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current fertility clinic policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support prohibiting any public or private person or entity from performing or attempting to perform human cloning and:

    1.) Participating in an attempt to perform human cloning.

    2.) Shipping, receiving, or importing the product of human cloning for any purpose.

    3.) Setting criminal and civil penalties for violations of this Act.

    4.) Providing that nothing in this Act shall restrict areas of scientific research not specifically prohibited by this Act, including research in the use of nuclear transfer or other cloning techniques to produce molecules, DNA, cells other than human embryos, tissues, organs, plants, or animals other than humans.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Andy Harris (MD) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support prohibiting any public or private person or entity from performing or attempting to perform human cloning and:

    1.) Participating in an attempt to perform human cloning.

    2.) Shipping, receiving, or importing the product of human cloning for any purpose.

    3.) Setting criminal and civil penalties for violations of this Act.

    4.) Providing that nothing in this Act shall restrict areas of scientific research not specifically prohibited by this Act, including research in the use of nuclear transfer or other cloning techniques to produce molecules, DNA, cells other than human embryos, tissues, organs, plants, or animals other than humans.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Andy Harris (MD) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Andy Harris (MD) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.2164 - Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2012 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, Center for Genetics and Society will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate against human cloning.

About: The Center for Genetics and Society is a nonprofit social justice organization that works to ensure an equitable future where human genetic and reproductive technologies benefit the common good. We at CGS: Encourage the responsible uses of human genetic and reproductive technologies; Promote effective societal governance of these technologies; Collaborate with scientists, medical professionals, civic leaders and others; Advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights; Urge precaution in the use of technologies that could alter the fundamental processes of the natural world: and Oppose any applications that objectify and commodify human life and threaten to divide human society, such as inherited genetic modification.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
November 22, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
November 29, 2021