Catholic scholars square off over Obama’s ‘misleading’ stand on cloning

President Barack Obama’s position on human cloning was debated in a recent email exchange between Doug Kmiec and Robert P. George, with George insisting the president’s stated opposition to “reproductive” cloning is “misleading.” Both agreed that in principle President Obama’s March 9 executive order on embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) allows the funding of research on stem cell lines derived from cloned embryos. However, Kmiec emphasized that President Obama would prohibit cloning which resulted in embryos being implanted in a womb. George insisted that the president’s support for so-called “therapeutic cloning” should be highlighted for disapproval and criticized the “misleading” language of some who condemn only “reproductive cloning.”