ACSA National Secretary, Ruth Russell said despite a “resounding vote” four years ago against human cloning, the current bill will allow “the deliberate and mandatory killing of these cloned embryos."
"We opposed the Paterson Bill in Canberra and we intend to work hard to bring this Bill down.” Ms Russell said.
This Bill seeks to mend the Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2003 and the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2003 to bring them into line with the Federal legislation passed earlier this year. South Australia is set to be the last state to finalise debate.
ACSA Executive Officer Patrick Giam said if the bill was to pass it would give scientists “a license to create animal/human hybrids and to use tissue from aborted females to make cloned embryos."
“Simply because these human lives are hidden in the silence of a Petri dish does not diminish their humanity. Just because we have techniques to manipulate nascent life does not mean we should," Mr Giam said.
"We need to remember that the Senate vote on this matter earlier this year saw it pass by the slimmest of margins. There is plenty of anti-cloning sentiment out there and we will do everything we can to encourage South Australians to contact MPs,” he said.
Catholic Students oppose human cloning push in South Australia (Australian Catholic Students Association 6/11/07)
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Catholic and Evangelical students join Muslims in RU-486 fight (CathNews, 09/02/06)
Bishops step up campaign against cloning (CathNews, 20/10/06)
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6 Nov 2007