Affirming his support for the culture of death in yet another vote, LifeNews reports that Senator Kerry has announced his support for a "clone and kill" bill advocating stem cell research:
Senator John Kerry has attached his name to a "clone and kill" bill that pro-life organizations oppose because it allows scientists to clone unborn children only to be killed to obtain their stem cells for use in research.
The likely Democratic presidential nominee, on Tuesday, signed on as a cosponsor of the Human Cloning Ban and Stem Cell Research Protection Act, S. 303.
Some have called the legislation a ban on human cloning. Though it prohibits the grisly practice for reproductive purposes, the legislation allows the "clone and kill" practice for research
According to LifeNews, Kerry's sponsorship of the bill is a politically-motivated attack on the pro-life stance of the Bush administration:
[Kerry] has joined other lawmakers and some in the research community who are putting intense pressure on President Bush to reverse his August 2001 policy prohibiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
Kerry has been using the issue to paint Bush as a religious extremist and claims his pro-life views prevent patients with various diseases from obtaining potentially beneficial treatments that scientists may someday derive from embryonic stem cells.
That may explain why Kerry suddenly signed on to legislation that has been sitting for over a year and isn't expected to receive a Senate vote anytime soon.
The "clone and kill" legislation was introduced in February 2003 and the last senator to cosponsor the bill, Vermont's Jim Jeffords, attached his name to the legislation over a year ago.
President Bush and pro-life groups support a competing bill sponsored by Kansas Republican Sam Brownback.
Senator Brownback's legislation bans both forms of human cloning -- reproductive and so-called therapeutic -- and has 28 co-sponsors.
The House of Representatives already passed a total human cloning ban similar to the Brownback bill, and pro-life lawmakers want the Senate to follow suit.
"[Utah] Senator [Orrin] Hatch and others in the U.S. Senate need to stop blocking a total ban on human cloning so we can proceed to protect the dignity of human life," New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith said. "We also need an international ban on human cloning."
Whatever one's criticisms of the Republican party's "crisis of identity" and willingness to support "Kerry Catholics" like Schwarzenegger, Pataki, and Guiliani, the difference between George W. Bush and John Kerry, and the practical results of a 'Kerry Presidency', could not be more clear.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.