News, 19 February 2004
Professor Ian Wilmut, the scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep, has
spoken in favour of human cloning as a form of genetic engineering. He
claimed to be 'implacably opposed to reproductive cloning per se' but
believed that cloning babies to combat genetic disease would be
'desirable under certain circumstances.' He went so far as to say that
it would be 'immoral not to do it.' [The Telegraph, 19 February
Paul Tully SPUC's general secretary commented: "What Dr Wilmut is
effectively calling for is the genetic engineering of human beings,
involving the deliberate and calculated destruction of human embryos.
It was irresponsible of a respected scientist to support publicly a
proposal that is profoundly unethical on so many levels." [SPUC source]
Researchers in Hong Kong and China are to establish a brain bank to
help in the study of the human brain and diseases such as Alzheimer's.
The scientists hope to encourage people to offer their brains and
medical records to the centre after they die. [ABC News, 19 February
A report released by WorldNetDaily.com has found that China faces a
demographic disaster similar to that faced by many western countries.
The ratio of workers to retired people is projected to decline from
10:1 in 1999 to 6:1 in 2020 and 3:1 by 2050, largely due to the effects
of the one-child policy. Another effect of the policy is a shortage of
girls, with many men resorting to buying brides, particularly from
Burma. [LifeSiteNews.com, 18 February
A Catholic journalist has criticised Catholic bishops for
'pressurising' Catholic politicians on issues such as abortion.
Clifford Longley stated: "Being racially prejudiced, drunkenness, lying
and adultery are all sins but not crimes. Sometimes a compromise has to
be reached between the moral law and the criminal law." [BBC, 16 February
Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "No one of whatever religious
persuasion, in any system of government, democratic or otherwise, has a
right to impose their malformed conscience upon the unborn by voting
for their killing. International human rights law places a primary
obligation upon the state not to take human life; in particular, the UN
Declaration on the Rights of the Child states that the child "needs
special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection,
before as well as after birth". One suspects that both Clifford Longley
and Senator Kerry doubt whether the unborn are children and have
therefore concluded that the unborn need not be protected by law."
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