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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 22:14:50 -0500
Subject: Safeguarding cryonics

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Safeguarding cryonics?  Reading the postings here about where it might be 
politically possible to keep cryonics legal fills me with a "been-there 
done-that" feeling.  As a human cloning advocate, I can assure you that there 
will be international proposals to protect the "sanctity" or "dignity" of the 
human body/life by passing an international ban on cryonic preservation once the
moralists get stirred up enough.

There is a naivet  in James Hughes's suggestion we go to the Dominican Republic.
a hot and tropical Banana Republic where money buys anything.  I know.  I have 
been there many times.  If we had the cocaine lobby on our side, we could 
certainly arrange it. 

 However, I wonder why cryonic organizations go to warm locations like Arizona 
 and/or the Dominican Republic to keep bodies at sub zero temperatures.  
 Wouldn't Antarctica be a more sensible choice?

Randy's suggestion of Dennis Kucinich as a protector of cryonics is remarkable.
I admire Kucinich because he is truly a very moral and decent person.  
However, until he decided he wanted to run for President, he was 
"right-to-life", something they tell me he has now changed positions on.  He was
also one of the most gifted orators against therapeutic cloning and 
reproductive cloning in the House of Representatives.

I often direct media folks his way as "one of the best spokesmen" against 
cloning.  I remember his searing cry from the floor of the House: "Is human life
to be the next commodity?"  His allies describe therapeutic cloning as 
"creating human life to strip mine it for body parts".  Good luck on recruiting 
Dennis Kucinich!

Finally, someone described themselves as being trapped by bioethicists in 
Arizona.  I have a tape broadcast on C-Span in which a bioethicist named Allen 
Buchanan got an entire meeting upset by being open-minded and liberated.  I have
been meaning to contact him.  I have no idea as to where he stands on human 
cloning and/or cryonics but he is certainly able to "think outside the box" and 
that is what is necessary to find someone willing to defend either or both 
Randolfe H. Wicker
Founder, Clone Rights United Front www.clonerights.com 
Spokesperson, Reproductive Cloning Network, www.reproductivecloning.net 
Former CEO, Human Cloning Foundation, www.humancloning.org 
201-656-3280 (Mornings)


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