P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 30, 2002
AUSTIN -- Spurred on by headlines of a company's claim to have created the world's first cloned human baby, Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, has launched her second attempt to outlaw human cloning in Texas.
Today she filed Senate Bill 156, which mirrors her legislation that passed the Senate last session but did not pass the House. The bill:
- Prohibits the "use of human somatic cell nuclear transfer technology to produce a human embryo."
- Creates a criminal offense for attempt to clone a human, a first-degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison.
- Provides civil penalties of $10 million.
- Provides for license revocation.
- Does not restrict scientific research or medical therapies using cloning technologies that are not otherwise prohibited in this law.
"I get a pit in my stomach every time I think about the unspeakable horrors that must have occurred in the cloning of this child, especially considering that it takes about 100 attempts for scientists to get it right in cloning an animal. There is no punishment on earth strong enough for what these people have done ... if in fact their claims are true," Senator Nelson said. "I am a strong supporter of medical research, but we simply cannot allow this type of diabolical experimentation to occur in Texas. Civil penalties are not enough. Today I re-filed a bill that establishes severe civil and criminal penalties for anyone who engages in human cloning. This is the same legislation we passed in the Senate last session, and I am confident that we will get it through the House this time."