New Jersey's "Fetus Farm" Law Condemned

WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 7, 2004 ( A U.S. bishops’ aide assailed a New Jersey law that allows destruction of human embryos and lethal experimentation on cloned babies throughout pregnancy.

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New Jersey Governor James McGreevey this week signed the bill that sanctions the moves.

«The New Jersey law is designed to encourage government-sanctioned ‘human fetus farms,'» said Cathy Cleaver Ruse, spokeswoman for the bishops’ Pro-Life Secretariat.

The law, lobbied for by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, takes fatal research on cloned human beings to a new and alarming level, according to Ruse.

It promotes the cloning of human embryos and their development up through late fatal stages, so they can be aborted for supposedly useful cells and tissues up to the time of birth, she said.

«This is the most extreme, inhumane pro-cloning legislation in the country,» said Ruse. «It should be scorned by every American who believes in common decency and basic human rights for all.»

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