Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has labelled Federal parliamentary approval of cloning a ‘mistake’ that will “push us further and faster down a slippery slope”.
As Catholic women we deplore the recent decision of Senators to pass the “cloning” bill put forward by Senator Kay Patterson.
It is sad that so many women seem to be in favour of this proposed legislation.
It is disappointing to hear that even the National Council of Women Australia were drawn into voting to support the recommendations of the *Lockhart Review at their recent conference.
Perhaps this decision by NCW is only a logical step following on from their recent involvement in the publication of a booklet entitled: 45 years on – What Now in contraceptives.
Mother Teresa was aware of the consequences of accepting contraception: She said:
“And abortion, which often follows from contraception, brings a people to be spiritually poor, and that is the worst poverty and the most difficult to overcome.” Source
* Some recommendations from the Lockhart review:
As well as recommending that SCNT (somatic cell nuclear transfer) – where an embryo is created by removing the nucleus of an egg and replacing it with the nucleus of a donor somatic cell – be permitted, the committee also recommended that human embryos created using the genetic material from more than two people also be permitted.
The Lockhart committee also recommended the import and export of human embryos and human embryonic stem cells should be permitted.
The committee also recommended that the definition of human embryo be changed to a slightly later stage in the fertilisation process, namely the first cell division (cleavage).
“The committee thought that the revised definition fitted with the broad public understanding of what a human embryo is. It simplifies matters and that simplification will allow clearer debate about the kind of experiments that can and can’t be done.”
The original documents can be accessed from this page:
Lockhart Review Reports