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S 1601 - Human Cloning Research bill - National Key Vote

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Title: Human Cloning Research bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would ban the process of human cloning.

Highlights:

  • Disallows the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer technology for purposes of human cloning.
  • Bans the creation of cloned human embryos that would never have the opportunity for implantation.
  • Prohibits the importation of an embryo produced through somatic cell nuclear transfer technology.
  • Sets the penalty for violating the prohibition at up to 10 years in prison, a fine, or both.
  • Establishes the National Commission to Promote a National Dialogue on Bioethics which will provide a national forum for discussion of bioethical issues, including cloning, and report on its findings to Congress.
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that the Federal Government should advocate for an international effort to prohibit the use of human somatic cell nuclear transfer technology to produce a human embryo.

NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.

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