PLEDGE BY AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE (ASRM) TO SUPPORT MORATORIUM ON CLONING OF A HUMAN BEING
At its October 18, 1997 meeting, The Board of Directors of The American Society for Reproductive Medicine approved a voluntary moratorium on cloning human beings.
Resolved: The American Society for Reproductive Medicine declares a voluntary five-year moratorium on cloning human beings, where "cloning human beings" is defined as the duplication of an existing or previously existing human being by transferring the nucleus of a differentiated, somatic cell into an enucleated human oocyte, and implanting the resulting product for intrauterine gestation and subsequent birth.
In addition, the following statement was issued on June 5 (date of release of NBAC report)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Heather E. Kowalski June 5, 1997
(202) 863-2439 Hkowalski@asrm.com
ASRM STATEMENT ON HUMAN CLONING THROUGH NUCLEAR TRANSPLANTATION
(Washington, DC) -- The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is issuing the following statement:
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) finds the practice of cloning an existing human being unacceptable. However, ASRM believes that the broader field of human embryo research is acceptable and important, and guidelines both promoting and limiting the research should be set on the national level. The current moratorium on federal funding of human embryo research should be overturned and oversight for such research should be given to the National Institutes of Health.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) ), founded in 1944, has more than 10,000 members who are devoted to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine and biology, including obstetrician-gynecologists, urologists, endocrinologists, research scientists, medical technologists, and allied health professionals.
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