Human Exceptionalism

Oklahoma Legislature Votes Unanimously to Outlaw All Human Cloning

Oklahoma’s Legislature has voted unanimously to outlaw all human cloning from the state, and prohibit the importation of the product of human cloning. From the story:

Legislation to ban human cloning easily cleared both the House and the Senate on Friday and heads to the governor. House Bill 1114 would make it illegal “for any person or entity, public or private, to perform or attempt to perform human cloning; participate in an attempt to perform human cloning; ship, transfer, or receive the product of human cloning for any purpose; and import the product of human cloning for any purpose.”

Knowing that the devil is in the details, I looked up the bill (H.B. 1114), and here is how human cloning is defined: .

“Human cloning” means human asexual reproduction, accomplished by introducing the nuclear material of a human somatic cell into a fertilized or unfertilized oocyte whose nucleus has been removed or inactivated to produce a living organism (at any stage of development) with a human genetic constitution.

Good. This is the first true human cloning ban to pass in a long time. Unless the governor vetoes the bill and that veto is upheld, it looks like Oklahoma has pushed back against brave new world.

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