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Anti-Cloning Initiative

In 2001, FET assembled a coalition of 64 of the nation's leading progressive policy leaders, academics and activists in a statement of support of congressional legislation to prohibit both therapeutic and reproductive human cloning.


Statement in Support of Legislation to Prohibit Cloning


We, the undersigned, support legislation to prohibit the cloning of human embryos for either medical experimentation or for giving birth to a human being. Although we may differ in our views regarding reproductive issues, we agree that a human embryo should not be cloned for the specific intention of using it as a "resource" for medical experimentation or for producing a baby. Moreover, we believe that the market for women's eggs that would be created by this research will provide unethical incentives for women to undergo health-threatening hormone treatment and surgery.

We are also concerned about the increasing bio-industrialization of life by the scientific community and life science companies and shocked and dismayed that clonal human embryos have been patented and declared to be human "inventions". We oppose efforts to reduce human life and its various parts and processes to the status of mere research tools, manufactured products, commodities and utilities. We are also deeply troubled that at present there is no legal or ethical framework in place to regulate the accelerated commercial exploitation of this research.

We are mindful of the tragic history of social eugenics movements in the first half of the 20th century, and are united in our opposition to any use of biotechnology for a commercial eugenics movement in the 21st century.

Benjamin Barber Kekst Professor of Civil Society University of Maryland, Democracy Collaborative
Susan E. Bell A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences Bowdoin College - Dept of Sociology and Anthropology
Philip L. Bereano   University of Washington, Dept of Technical Communication
Wendell Berry Author  
Rajani Bhatia Coordinator Committee on Women, Population and the Environment
Norman Birnbaum Professor Emeritus Georgetown University
Madeline Boscoe   Canadian Women's Health Network
Fritjof Capra Director Center for Ecoliteracy
Erwin Chargaff Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry Columbia University
Harvey Cox Professor of Divinity Harvard University
Phyllis Creighton Research Associate, Faculty of Divinity Trinity College, University of Toronto
Irene W. Crowe President Pettus Crowe Foundation
Herman Daly Professor University of Maryland

Alice J.


Director, Center for Research on Women and Gender; Professor, College of Nursing and School of Public Health

University of Illinois at Chicago

Kristin Dawkins Vice President Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Margrit Eichler Director, Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Studies New College - University of Toronto
Matthew Fox President University of Creation Spiritual
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Eleonore Raoul Professor
of the Humanities
Emory University
Eugene D. Genovese    
Todd Gitlin Professor of Culture, Journalism and Sociology New York University
Donna Haraway Professor University of California at Santa Cruz
Debra Harry Executive Director Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism
Paul Hawken Director Natural Capital Institute
Hazel Henderson Author  
Martha R. Herbert Pediatric Neurologist Massachusetts Gen Hospital; Harvard Medical School
Ruth Hubbard Professor Emeritus Harvard University
Deborah Kaplan Executive Director World Institute on Disability
Anne S. Kasper, PhD First Chair, Board of Directors National Women's Health Network
Naomi Klein Journalist and Author "No Logo"  
David Korten President People-Centered Development Forum
Sheldon Krimsky Professor Tufts University-Urban and Environmental Policy
Michael Lerner Editor Tikkun Magazine
Judith Levine Author and Activist  
Abby Lippman Professor McGill University
Norman Mailer Writer  
Jerry Mander President International Forum on Globalization
Charles Margulis Greenpeace Genetic Engineering Campaign Greenpeace
Jacob Needleman Professor of Philosophy San Francisco State University
Stuart Newman Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy New York Medical College
Rina Nissim Naturopath and Author  
David Noble Professor of History York University
Judy Norsigian Executive Director Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Cheri Pies, MSW DrPH Associate Dean for Student Affairs University of California, Berkeley
Barbara Pillsbury, PhD Vice President International Health & Development Associates
Marcus Raskin Co-founder of Institute for Policy Studies Institute for Policy Studies
Susan M. Reverby Professor of Women's Studies Wellesley College
Jeremy Rifkin President Foundation on Economic Trends
Mark Ritchie President Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
Theodore Roszak Professor of History California State University, Hayward
Margie Schaps Executive Director Illinois Women's Health Coalition
Juliet Schor Professor of Sociology Boston College
Lillian Shirley Director Multnomah County Health Department
Evelyne Shuster, PhD Board Member of Global Lawyers and Physicians University of Pennsylvania
Huston Smith Professor Syracuse University
Wesley J. Smith Author / Consumer Advocate  

Margaret O'Brien




Maureen Sullivan Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology Northern Illinois University
Marty Teitel, PhD President Council for Responsible Genetics
Nancy M. Theriot Professor and Chairperson, Women's Studies University of Louisville
Leonore Tiefer, PhD Clin Assoc Prof of Psychiatry New York University School of Medicine

Maria Isabel Ibarrola


General Coordinator


Judy Wicks President White Dog Café
Patricia Williams    
Susan Yanow Director Abortion Access Project
Howard Zinn, PhD Historian, Professor Emeritus, Political Science Boston University


Financial Times, Support Grows For Cloning Ban, March 6, 2002



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