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Conservatives cheer Bush’s stand on cloning

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Religious and social conservatives have written President Bush commending his "moral leadership" in opposing human cloning and urging the U.S. Senate to pass a House bill outlawing the practice.

The statement came from the Bioethics Project, chaired by editor William Kristol of the Weekly Standard. The religious endorsers included two spokesmen for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant body in the nation.

Other supporters were Roman Catholic conservatives William Bennett and the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus; evangelical Protestants James Dobson and Charles Colson; former Republican presidential candidates Gary Bauer and Steve Forbes; and officials of the Christian Coalition, Christian Legal Society, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council and National Right to Life Committee.