The blog for Massachusetts Citizens for Life: the pro-life movement in the Bay State since 1973.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Sen. Brown's bill banning embryo patenting becomes law
On Sept 16, President Obama signed the America Invents Act which restricts the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from issuing a patent on a "human organism."
The new law makes permanent a ban on embryo patenting that has been approved yearly since 2004.
"This law recognizes that human life is not a commodity, and that a member of the human family can never be regarded as a mere invention, or as 'intellectual property,'" said Douglas Johnson, the National Right to Life Committee's legislative director.
Richard Doerflinger, pro-life specialist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said, "Unethical researchers and biotechnology companies are willing not only to create and destroy embryonic human beings for research purposes, but even to patent these fellow humans so they can license, market, buy, and sell them as mere commodities. By prohibiting patents on human organisms, Congress has helped prevent such gross abuses and has taken some of the profit motive out of the drive for human cloning."
Senator Scott Brown was one of the five sponsors of this pro-life legislation.