WASHINGTON, DC — As promised, a bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to ban human reproductive cloning but permit research cloning to develop therapies. "The Human Cloning Ban and Stem Cell Research Protection Act of 2003" (S 303) was introduced Wednesday by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif), Arlen Specter (R-Penn), Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

"Let's be very clear: human reproductive cloning is immoral and unethical. It must not be allowed under any circumstances," Feinstein said at a news conference Wednesday. "But at the same time, we must not prohibit nuclear transplantation research—it holds enormous promise for millions of Americans."

The bill, which is similar to legislation the senators introduced last year, would make human reproductive cloning a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $1 million or three times any profits made (whichever is greater)...

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