An advocate for strengthening traditional the family values found and reflected in the Bible by impacting public opinion and public policy is glad to see the government of Arkansas is dealing with use of tax dollars for cloning and other research that destroys embryos.
Human cloning has actually been illegal in Arkansas for many years, and the new law, the "Prohibition of Public Funding of Human Cloning and Destructive Embryo Research Act," bans the use of tax dollars for such. Jerry Cox, president of Family Council, tells OneNewsNow another aspect was not previously covered.
"Arkansas did not have a law that prevented destructive embryo research, and so you'd have situations with in vitro fertilization where they would create more embryos in the lab than they were actually going to use, and then they could use those for research purposes; kill them," Cox reports.
The new law, HB 1399, prevents that, which Cox says demonstrates respect for life from the point it begins. Such research does occur in other states, though.
"What this law does, it takes the step of saying … we're not going to provide any state grants, no state funding, no research from one of our universities that might be in connection with destructive embryo research and human cloning done elsewhere," the Family Council president explains.
So Arkansas will not be subsidizing human cloning or destructive embryo research within or anywhere beyond the borders of the state.