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Wisconsin governor promises to veto ban on human cloning

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle [official website] has said that he will veto a ban on human cloning [PDF bill text] approved by the state senate Wednesday by a margin of 21-12. The ban, previously approved by the Wisconsin Assembly [JURIST report] in June, would prohibit reproductive cloning and Doyle said it would also hinder research for curing certain diseases and would harm the University of Wisconsin-Madison's efforts in stem-cell research. Doyle, whose mother suffers from Parkinson's disease, said in a statement [text]: "Allowing our scientists to search for cures to the world's deadliest diseases isn't about being liberal or conservative. It's about being compassionate. And respect for human life means you don't turn your back on cures that can save lives." Earlier this year, Massachusetts lawmakers overrode the governor's veto [JURIST report] of a bill that allows stem-cell research, but prohibits human cloning. AP has more; from Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel has local coverage.

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