The United Nations' General Assembly voted by a narrow margin (80-79)
last month to postpone consideration of a ban on human cloning until 2005
The postponement suspended a roiling debate over two cloning resolutions.
One, backed by the United States and about 50 other countries, called for
prohibiting all forms of human cloning. The other, supported by a group of
about 14 countries, led by Belgium, pushed for a more limited ban that would
rule out the development of cloned human embryos to produce a baby, but would
permit the use of such embryos for medical experiments.
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