US ban on human embryo patents draws praise

President Barack Obama signs a bill into law
President Barack Obama signs a bill into law

.- Pro-life leaders welcomed the recent passage of the “Weldon Patent Ban,” which makes permanent a prohibition on patenting human embryos. Previously, the ban had to be annually renewed.

“Human kind should not be for sale at any state of development,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.

“Making permanent this important pro-life policy to ensure human organisms are never patented is a notable victory for Americans who believe that human beings – regardless of their stage of development – are not considered property to be licensed for financial gain.”

The Weldon ban was included as part of the 58-page America Invests Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on Sept. 19. The act makes various changes to laws regulating the activity of the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office. 

The key language is found in Section 33 of the bill. It reads, “Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, no patent may issue on a claim directed to or encompassing a human organism.”

Dr. Yoest called passage of the ban an indication that “members of Congress are beginning to appreciate the discomfort people feel with life-altering technology.”

“Human beings should never be property or a commodity,” she said. “The intrinsic value of human life should not be measured in dollar signs.”


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