.- Reacting to passage of a new law on assisted reproduction by Spainâs House of Representatives, which would allow genetic selection, cloning and the selling of human embryos, the spokesman for the Bishopsâ Conference of Spain, Father Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, said the measure was âvery troublingâ in its consequences for respect for human life.
Speaking to Europa Press, Father Martinez said the new law âopens the door to human cloning, as it only prohibits reproductive cloning and therefore allows therapeutic cloning.â According to the Spanish priest, the law would also authorize eugenics, that is, âthe selecting of human beings, some allowed to live and others allowed to die.â He rejected the freezing or destruction of some human embryos for the purpose of saving only âthe best,â or their creation for use in transplant therapies. The human embryo, he continued, should not be treated âas an object of commerceâ or denied protection under the law.
Pro-life doctors and researchers, such as the association called âAlternatives Exist,â have also denounced the new law. In a statement the association criticized the law as âone of the most aggressive laws against bioethics in the worldâ and called it âaberrant attackâ on the dignity of man and on science. The new law âturns the unborn human into research material, into merchandise at the mercy of the economic interests of large companies and the ambition of certain scientists,â the group stated, noting as well that the allowing of human cloning for research purposes flies in the face of Spanish law and resolutions by the United Nations and the European Parliament.
The groupâs spokesman, Dr. Gador Joya, called the law âan instrument of death and scientific regression.â It turns man into âa means for so-called technological progress, forgetting that science is a means for improving the living conditions of all human beings.â
The law will now go to Spainâs Senate for approval.