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State Laws on Human Cloning

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Publication Date: May 2003

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS21517

Topic: Science and technology (Biology and biotechnology)


Although numerous human cloning bills have been introduced in the 108th Congress and one -- H.R. 534 -- has passed in the House of Representatives, cloning legislation has yet to be enacted at the federal level. In the absence of federal legislation, state laws provide the only existing framework for regulating human cloning activity. Currently, nine states have enacted laws that expressly regulate cloning. This report provides a summary and comparison of existing state laws on human cloning, as well as a brief discussion of similar legislation currently under consideration in Congress. For related reports, see CRS Report RL31358, Human Cloning; CRS Report RL31211, Cloning: A Select Chronology, 1997-2003; and CRS Report RL31422, Substantive Due Process and a Right to Clone.