From the Baptist Press:
Oklahoma Democratic Gov. Brad Henry has signed into law bills banning sex-selection abortions and human cloning.
The sex-selection prohibition also requires doctors to report to the state the reasons women choose abortion and complications that occur as a result of the procedure, according to The Daily Oklahoman.
The anti-cloning measure prohibits both therapeutic and reproductive cloning, and according to bioethicist Wesley J. Smith, "is the first true human cloning ban to pass in a long time." Pro-lifers have pushed for passage of a true cloning ban at the federal level but have been unable to find enough support to ban therapeutic (or research) cloning, which involves cloning an embryo in order to harvest its stem cells. The extraction of stem cells from an embryo for research purposes destroys the days-old human being. Therapeutic cloning supporters sometimes call the procedure "somatic cell nuclear transfer," which simply is the scientific name for cloning.