Cloning prohibitions are trendy in state legislatures these days, much like anti-porn internet laws were several years ago.
There are two problems with this, only one of which is the rampant scientific illiteracy throughout our nation (including many of our legislators).
The biggest concern is the definitions.
Consider HB 76, which includes the following:
(g) An ‘organism’ is a living whole being, an individual, even if that organism is compromised of just one cell.
(h) A ‘human being’ is a living whole human organism, a human individual, from the beginning of the single-cell stage onward, produced by any means.
Notice what this language does: by law it defines human life as beginning at conception, which lays some important groundwork for later placing restrictions on abortion.
Please understand that I am not taking a position for or against abortion here; the issue is intellectual honesty.
Do you seriously believe that the bill's three sponsors and eighteen co-sponsors all missed this?
If not, you'll be interested in the complete list:
Rep. Joseph Miro (R-22nd)
Sen. David McBride (D-13th)
Sen. Charles Copeland (D-4th)
Rep. Terry Spence (R-18th)
Rep. "Biff" Lee (R-40th)
Rep. Don Blakey (R-34th)
Rep. Joseph Booth (R-37th)
Rep. George Carey (R-36)
Rep. Benjamin Ewing (R-35th)
Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th)
Rep. Gregory Lavelle (R-11th)
Rep. Vincent Lofink (R-27th)
Rep. William Outten (R-30)
Rep. Daniel Short (R-39th)
Rep. Pamela Thornburg (R-29th)
Rep. Gerald Brady (D-4th)
Sen. George Bunting (D-20)
Sen. Colin Bonini (R-16th)
Sen. Catherine Cloutier (R-15th)
Sen. Gary Simpson (R-18th)
Sen. John Still (R-17th)
If there is anyone on this list known to favor legal abortion, you may want to send them this post.
As for those legislators who are opposed to legal abortion, that's also their right, but you might want to ask them if they intentionally signed on to support this "Trojan Horse" language.