ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Cloning humans would become a felony in Minnesota, if a new bill becomes law. In fact, the bill introduced Wednesday night by Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, would make assisting with such a lab procedure a serious crime.
Dettmer's move was applauded by Minnesota Citizen's Concerned for Life, or MCCL. The anti-abortion group has lobbied against human cloning for years.
"Human life must be treated with dignity, not as mere raw material for experimentation," MCCL Legislative Associate Jordan Marie Bauer said in a prepared news release Wednesday.
"This bill will ensure that human life at its earliest stages will be protected from efforts to duplicate, dissect and destroy it."
Former Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2009 signed a ban against using taxpayer money for human cloning procedures, but the practice is currently not illegal under Minnesota law.
At the time, MCCL executive director Scott Fischbach issued statement that read, in part, ""Human life must be treated with dignity, not as mere raw material for experimentation."
"MCCL applauds this move by Governor Pawlenty and legislators toward protecting life from replication, manipulation and destruction."
Fischbach's wife, Sen. Michelle Fischbach, will be the lead author of the companion bill in the Senate. The Paynesville Republican is became president of the Minnesota Senate in 2011 as the new GOP majority took control.
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