Cloning is ‘natural,’ Raelians protest

Wuebec group says first human clone due in new year
Canadian Press, Dec. 19, 2002

ROXTON FALLS, Que. (CP) — Members of an international religious sect dismissed ethical concerns Thursday about their plans to deliver what they are calling a human clone within a few weeks.

“I believe in cloning, it’s natural,” an elderly woman, dressed in leopard-skin colours from head to toe with a pillbox hat, said at the sect’s centre in southeastern Quebec.

“It’s the next stage of human evolution.”

The facility, which is called UFOland, consists mainly of a community centre, several trailers and some storage sheds.

Outside a restricted area, a sign reads: “The Messiah is Amongst Us.”

In the parking lot were just a pair of vehicles, including one with Nevada licence plates.

Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, who is head of Clonaid, the Raelians‘ human cloning company, also dismissed claims the sect is doing anything wrong.

“This is the fundamental right of everybody to reproduce the way that they want,” Boisselier said in an interview from the eastern United States.

“It should be everybody’s freedom to choose the way they want to reproduce. It should be our right to choose the child that we want.”

Boisselier said the child — a girl — will be born to an American woman in her 30s within a few weeks.

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