So the new initiative from the Cures Without Cloning organization defines human life as the time when “a single egg cell receives a complete set of 46 chromosomes and continues through any subsequent stages of embryonic, fetal, postnatal and later development” (8/23, Local, “Cloning foes advance cause”).
It might interest these people to know that most individuals with Down Syndrome have 47 chromosomes, individuals with Turner Syndrome usually have 45, and countless more people do not have a “complete set” of genetic information through small chromosomal deletions or insertions.
This group has denied humanity to all these people. If this is its definition, then its members are the ones who don’t know what they are talking about.
I have a master’s degree and taught biology for 25 years. When I voted for Amendment 2, I knew what I was voting for, and so did the vast majority of other people who voted for the amendment.
On the other hand, many of the people to whom I talked who voted against Amendment 2 could not even define “stem cell” correctly, let alone describe the process of somatic cell nuclear transfer. Amendment 2 specifically prohibits reproductive cloning. There is nothing confusing about it.