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Call for Ban on All Human Cloning

NEW YORK (CNS): A Vatican representative has called for a worldwide ban on all human cloning, whether carried out for human reproduction or therapeutic purposes.

Human cloning violates the right to life and the status of the human embryo as a free individual, Archbishop Renato R. Martino said on February 26 at UN headquarters in New York.

“The Holy See firmly supports a worldwide and comprehensive ban on human cloning, no matter what techniques are used and what aims are pursued,” he said.

“Its position is based on biological analysis of the cloning process and anthropological, social, ethical and legal reflection on the negative implications that human cloning has on the life, dignity and rights of the human being,” he said.

Archbishop Martino, who is the Vatican’s permanent observer at the United Nations, made the remarks before the UN Ad Hoc Committee on an International Convention Against the Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings, which was meeting to consider whether an international treaty on cloning should be proposed, and what the content should be.

The day Archbishop Martino spoke, the United States called for a total ban on human cloning like that envisioned by the Vatican. But several other countries have taken the position that while reproductive cloning should be excluded, cloning for experimental or therapeutic goals should be allowed to continue.

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