Safire on cloning committee

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 20:48:56 MST

< No to cloning tomorrow's people; yes to cloning
        cells that cure today's people. Because most of us
        agree, that will become law and policy.

        A dispute will continue, however, over the use of
        embryonic rather than adult cells. What if cells
        cloned from just-formed embryos can save the
        lives that adult cells cannot save, by better
        regenerating organs and brains? Then embryonic
        cells should be used, I think, despite the practical
        "slippery slope" argument of those who believe
        that life begins at the moment of fertilization. No
        law can repeal the survival instinct of the
        already-born. >

A straw in the wind.

Damien Broderick

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