British Parliament Could Vote on Human Cloning Bill as Early as May 12

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 29, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

British Parliament Could Vote on Human Cloning Bill as Early as May 12

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 29
, 2008

London, England ( — The British parliament could vote on the long-awaited and hotly-debated Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill as early as May 12. The measure would allow scientists engage in grisly human cloning projects involving the combination of human and animal parts.

The first main debate, or second reading vote, in the British House of Commons on the government’s legislation is expected to be no less contentious than the discussion leading up to it.

Pro-life groups have castigated the government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown for putting England in the lead internationally in promoting and advocating the most unethical scientific experiments imaginable.

MPs have debated whether or not to try to attach late-term abortion limits to the bill to make it more palatable and they’ve gone back and forth with Brown over allowing Liberal MPs a free or conscience vote.

Leading Catholic and other Christian religious leaders have spoken out against the bill and the Society for Protection for Unborn Children, one of the top pro-life groups in Britain, told Tuesday it plans to pull out all the stops to defeat it.

"The immediate priority is to ask MPs to vote against the Bill at Second Reading," SPUC officials said.

"The HFE Bill is the most serious legislative threat to early human life since the 1990 embryology law. We must also alert others to the nature of the Bill to help swell opposition to it," the group added.

The organization has produced a new brochure outlining the problems with the bill for dissemination door-to-door, outside churches and at public events.

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SPUC’s campaign on the HFE bill –