Loading
Australian bishops oppose bill in favor of cloning

.- While everyone wants to find cures for disease and to alleviate suffering, this cannot be done “by creating and then killing human life,” the Australian bishops said in opposition to a bill that proposes the creation of embryos for research.

The Australian Parliament is currently debating whether to allow the creation of embryos specifically for embryonic stem-cell research. Passage of the bill would radically reverse a decision taken by Parliament in 2002, preventing human cloning.

In 2002, Australia adopted legislation that allows embryonic stem-cell lines to be extracted from viable human embryos “left over” from the process of in vitro fertilization, but it prevented the creation of embryos for research.

The issue will be put to a vote of conscience in Parliament. The bishops say they hope Parliamentarians will reject the bill.

“The Catholic Church is not opposed to stem cell research,” the bishops’ statement says. “On the contrary, we are strong supporters of research based on adult stem cells, as well as those which are derived from umbilical cord blood.

“Since 2002, there have been no significant scientific developments to justify more permissive legislation and no change in the fundamental ethical issues,” the statement reads.

The bishops argue that the new bill creates “a new contempt for life” by “creating embryos purely for the purpose of destruction” and “introducing new categories of human embryos, including clones and embryos with mixed DNA.”

“Introducing cloning and the mixing of human and animal genetic material into this field of research only compounds the promotion of curiosity over ethics,” the bishops say.

“Many Australians are afflicted by terrible suffering and we share with them the hope for a cure or effective treatment,” the bishops say. “But allowing scientists open slather on human embryos for research is not the way forward.”


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

Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
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"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Aug
20

Liturgical Calendar

August 20, 2014

Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Gospel
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 34: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 20: 1-16

Saint of the Day

St. Bernard de Clairvaux »

Saint
Date
08/18/14
08/17/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Homily
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: