The Corner

For Love of Cloning

Virginia Postrel lauds New Jersey’s passage of a pro-cloning measure. As

Wesley Smith and I have written–in pieces to which Postrel links–this

measure allows the creation of cloned embryos, their gestation in the womb

through nine months, and then their destruction. Postrel does not dispute

this characterization of the bill, so I can only assume she supports the

killing of 8- and 9-month-old cloned fetuses for research purposes. She

suggests that federalists have to support letting states do this. Would good

federalists also have to support letting states authorize experiments that

kill 2-year-olds? Does Postrel’s support for federalism extend to opposition

to Roe v. Wade?


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