SPUC, Britain's longest-established pro-life group, has submitted
its evidence to the House of Lords select committee on stem cell
research, which was set up after the vote by both houses of parliament
to authorise research on cloned human embryos.
Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, said: "Our submission
explains both the ethical objection and the practical alternatives to
destroying embryos in research.
"We also submit that the arguments supporting so-called
therapeutic cloning do not differ essentially from reproductive
cloning, and that a public policy in favour of the former will
inexorably lead to the latter.
"We point out that both UK public opinion and international political
opinion is against the practice of human cloning, whether for
therapeutic or reproductive purposes.
"Although he committee has a mandate to review what parliament has already done, we believe it could have an important impact. The majority of the committee have supported cloning, but the arguments against it are strong and, especially on scientific grounds, are growing all the time."