President Clinton responds.
4, 1997, President Clinton, in response to the large
scale human cloning ethics debate brought about by Ian
Wilmut's announcement of the creation
proposed a five year moratorium on federal and privately
funded human cloning research. In addition to this
proposal, Clinton asked the National Bioethics Advisory
Commission to review the prospects of human cloning and
determine if legal preventive actions should be taken.
Clinton followed up this proposal with the Cloning
Prohibition Act of 1997, but to this point, largely due
to lobbying efforts of scientists fearing that a cloning
ban could jeopardize the continuation of potentially life
saving research, no anti-cloning legislation has been
passed into federal law.