Loading
Human Cloning
Archbishop voices opposition to cloning in Australia

.- Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne intends to make a personal plea to Premier Steve Bracks to abandon his plan to pass a bill that would allow therapeutic cloning of human embryos. The archbishop said he would seek talks with the premier once details of the bill were known, reported The Age.

Archbishop Hart said Tuesday that embryonic cloning was "always unethical" and there was "total opposition" from the Catholic Church.

Bracks has said his Catholic faith has not dissuaded him from proceeding with the bill.

"To allow human embryos to be deliberately created and then destroyed for scientific research is always unethical," the archbishop was quoted as saying. However, he added, the Catholic Church does support ethical forms of stem cell research based on adult stem cells, as well as those derived from the blood of the umbilical cord.

The bill was introduced in State Parliament last night, and opposition was voiced at a government caucus meeting yesterday. Former minister Christine Campbell reportedly spoke against the bill for more than 20 minutes.

Campbell said that benefits had not been extensively proven in animal testing and legalization of the procedure would put fertile women at risk by harvesting their eggs.

She and fellow Labor MP Tammy Lobato have organized a forum for MPs on Thursday to learn more about the issue before voting.

Under the proposed legislation, researchers would be allowed to clone human embryos for medical research through somatic cell nuclear transfer, commonly known as therapeutic cloning. But researchers would not be allowed to merge an egg with sperm to create an embryo.

This research is already practiced in the U.S., Britain, Sweden, Japan, China, India and Israel.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Sep
2

Liturgical Calendar

September 2, 2014

Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Gospel
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 2:10B-16
Gospel:: Lk 4:31-37

Saint of the Day

Martyrs of September »

Saint
Date
08/31/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 4:31-37

Homily
Date
09/02/14
09/01/14
08/31/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: