- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 10, 2002

Dear Mr. President, In late November, a Massachusetts company announced it had created the first human clone. Your reaction to this assault on human dignity was clear and forceful. You condemned the cloning of embryos as "wrong" and you warned "we should not as a society grow life in order to destroy it." You called on the U.S. Senate to join you in supporting a comprehensive and effective ban on human cloning, a ban that was passed by an overwhelming and bipartisan vote of the House of Representatives on July 31, 2001.

We agree with you that passage of this legislation by the Senate is of the utmost importance and urgency. As you said in July, "the moral issues posed by human cloning are profound and have implications for today and for future generations." The implications are now upon us. We must act now so that science advances in a way that "honors and respects life."

Mr. President, we commend you for the moral leadership you have shown. We know that enactment of a comprehensive ban on all human cloning will be a top domestic priority for your administration in the coming months, and we pledge our support in helping you achieve this goal.


William Kristol,

chairman, the Bioethics


Hadley Arkes,

Ney Professor of American

Institutions, Amherst College

Gary Bauer,

president, American Values

William J. Bennett,

co-director, Empower America

J. Bottum, books and arts editor,

the Weekly Standard

Gerard V. Bradley,

professor of law,

University of Notre Dame

Nigel Cameron, dean,

the Wilberforce Forum

Samuel B. Casey,

executive director and CEO,

Christian Legal Society

Charles W. Colson,

founder, Prison Fellowship

Ministries Chairman,

the Wilberforce Forum

Roberta Combs,

president, Christian Coalition

of America

Ken Connor, president, Family

Research Council

James Dobson, Ph.D,

president, Focus on the Family

Steve Forbes

Hillel Fradkin,

president, Ethics and Public

Policy Center

Francis Fukuyama,

Bernard Schwartz

Professor of International

Political Economy,

Johns Hopkins University

Robert P. George,

McCormick Professor of


Princeton University

John Kilner, Ph.D.,

president, the Center for

Bioethics And Human


Richard D. Land, D.Phil,

president and CEO, Southern

Baptist Ethics and Religious

Liberty Commission

C. Ben Mitchell,

editor, Ethics and Medicine:

An International Journal of


William J. Murray,

chairman, Religious Freedom


Richard John Neuhaus

Institute for Religion and

Public Life

David O'Steen, Ph.D.,

executive director, National

Right to Life Committee

David Prentice, M.D.,

founding member, Do No Harm

Sandy Rios,

president, Concerned Women

of America

Austin Ruse,

president, Catholic Family

and Human Rights Institute

Wesley J. Smith,


David Stevens, M.D.,

executive director, Christian

Medical Association

George Weigel

Ethics and Public Policy


Paul Weyrich

president, Free Congress


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