Notes: George W. Bush said during the week that he wants Congress to ban cloning for research that could find cures for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes. Bush doesn't distinguish between cloning human embryos for research and cloning them to reproduce a human. In his usual black and white vision, Bush is unable to see shades of gray and that suffering might be ended and lives saved. In contrast to Bush, 40 Nobel laureates support research cloning. They issued a joint statement saying such a ban "would have a chilling effect on all scientific research in the United States," according to Washington Post writer Amy Goldstein.

The House passed a total ban on cloning last July. But passage in the Senate will be more difficult. Compromise legislation is evolving from Sens. Arlen Specter, Edward Kennedy, Tom Harken and Dianne Feinstein. It would outlaw cloning for reproduction, but allow it for research. Conservative Democratic Sen. Zel Miller of Georgia, who often supports Bush, favors research cloning noting the diseases of diabetes and Alzheimer's in his family. It's believed that conservative Republican Sen. Orin Hatch also supports cloning for research and may bring other conservatives with him. In Bush's corner is a coalition of religious conservatives, environmentalists and feminists -- odd bedfellows. The enviros essentially say nature should be left alone and the feminists complain that cloning will deprive women of control over their bodies.

Associated Press reporter Sonya Ross quoted Bush, "We can pursue medical research with a clear sense of moral purpose, or we can travel without an ethical compass into a world we could live to regret."
I think "a clear sense of moral purpose" would be cloning for research. In my family are the diseases of Alzheimer's and diabetes. The senior partner of my firm has Parkinson's. I want to see a chance for cures. 04.14.02