This 12 member advisory committee on human cloning convened five public meetings each focusing on a particular aspect of human cloning eg reproductive cloning and cloning technology and stem cells the committee is drafting a report to the legislature that is due on december 31 2001. Cloning has been a volatile topic in the news of late in england for example the house of lords recently voted 212 to 92 in favor of promoting experiments which will attempt to clone human beings even though a conglomerate of religious leaders roman catholics protestants jews . In bioethics the ethics of cloning refers to a variety of ethical positions regarding the practice and possibilities of cloning especially human cloning while many of these views are religious in origin some of the questions raised by cloning are faced by secular perspectives as well. Indeed it is the bioethicists not the scientists who are now the most articulate defenders of human cloning the two witnesses testifying before the national bioethics advisory commission in favor of cloning human beings were bioethicists eager to rebut what they regard as the irrational concerns of those of us in opposition. The ethics of human cloning in volume 24 on page 279 see letter the ethics of human cloning in volume 24 on page 282b this article has been cited by other articles in pmc
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