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News, 17 April 2000

17 April 2000

17 April 2000 The Japanese government is introducing legislation to legalise research into human cloning, albeit under 'strict conditions'. The first move to provide legal regulation for such research in Japan will include bans on both the implanting of a cloned human embryo inside a woman and the creation of hybrid embryos containing human and animal genes. [BBC News Online, 14th April] The Conservatives in Britain have called for clear guidelines for medical staff following concern that elderly patients are regularly being designated "not for resuscitation". Charity Age Concern has expressed concern about 50 such cases, and Dr Liam Fox, Conservative health spokesman, commented, "The Government has a duty, especially after Labour members killed off the anti-euthanasia Bill in the Commons on Friday, to produce clear guidelines as soon as possible." [Independent on Sunday, 16th April] The full text of Friday's debate on the Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill in the British House of Commons can be found at The report stage of the bill is due to be resumed on Friday 5th May, when it will be the second bill on the agenda. [This bulletin is privately circulated by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children,, 5/6 St Matthew Street, London, United Kingdom, SW1P 2JT, +44 20 7222 3763. The reliability of the news herein is dependent on that of the cited sources, which are paraphrased rather than quoted. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the society. Please forward this bulletin to other interested parties. To unsubscribe, send an appropriate email to]

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