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Mississippi voters reject personhood amendment
November 9, 2011
Mississippi voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have amended the state constitution to define the word "person" or "persons" to include "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof." The initiative, which would have given fetu....... [more]

The Possible Ramifications of Pre-Embryonic Personhood
November 7, 2011
JURIST Guest Columnist Jonathan Will of Mississippi College School of Law says establishing pre-embryonic personhood may still fail to outlaw abortion and may lead to the imposition of restrictions on other reproductive choices such as certain forms of birth control... On November 8, 2011, citizens....... [more]

Mississippi high court upholds election initiative to redefine personhood
September 9, 2011
The Supreme Court of Mississippi on Thursday ruled that an initiative seeking to redefine personhood can be placed on the November 2011 general election ballot. The initiative, Measure 26, would amend the Mississippi Constitution to define the word "person" or "persons" to include "every human bein....... [more]

Missouri voters approved stem cell research amendment
November 7, 2010
On November 7, 2006, Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 2 by a vote of 51 to 49 percent. The amendment prevents state authorities from criminalizing the use of stem cells in certain techniques such as therapeutic cloning. It drew heavy support from Missouri's major urban areas, St. Lo....... [more]

Australian Senate lifted therapeutic cloning ban
November 7, 2010
On November 7, 2006, the Australian Senate voted 34-32 to lift restrictions on stem cell research and permit the therapeutic cloning of human embryos. The legislation also included stricter penalties of up to 15 years in prison for anyone convicted of attempting to buy human eggs, sperm or embryos....... [more]

Russia president signs bill extending human cloning ban
March 29, 2010
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a bill Monday re-implementing a ban on human cloning in Russia, according to the Kremlin Press Service. The bill, which replaces a previous ban on human cloning that expired in 2007, prohibits attempts to clone human beings until the state determines how to r....... [more]

European human cloning treaty signed
January 12, 2010
On January 12, 1998, nineteen European nations signed a treaty prohibiting human cloning within their jurisdictions.Review the terms of the Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine....... [more]

South Korea scientist found guilty of embezzlement and bioethics violations
October 26, 2009
The Seoul Central District court on Monday found Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk guilty of embezzling research funds and bioethics violations. Hwang was acquitted on fraud charges and given a two-year suspended sentence instead of the four-year sentence requested by the prosecution. Hwang, who worked for the Seou....... [more]

Canadian reproductive regulation ruled too broad, violates provincial authority
June 20, 2008
The Court of Appeal of Quebec ruled Thursday that a national law which regulates the use of human embryos and bans human cloning encroaches upon provincial authority. The court held that regulatory provisions included in the Assisted Human Reproduction Act fell within provincial authority to genera....... [more]

Human cloning report [UNU]
November 11, 2007
Is Human Reproductive Cloning Inevitable: Future Options for UN Governance, UN University- Institute of Advanced Studies, November 10, 2007. Read the full text of the report. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here....... [more]

UN group calls for human cloning ban
November 11, 2007
United Nations researchers called for a global ban on human cloning in a report issued Saturday. The United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies did not call for a ban on all types of cloning, recommending that therapeutic cloning for research purpose be allowed to continue, but did str....... [more]


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