SPUC condemns appeal court ruling on cloning
18 January 2002
SPUC condemns appeal court ruling on cloning Westminster, 18 January 2002--The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has condemned today's overturning of a high court ruling against government legislation on human cloning. SPUC spokesman Anthony Ozimic commented, "The court of appeal's judgement is clearly wrong. Although a human embryo created through cloning is just as much an embryo as one created by fertilisation, it is clear that cloned human embryos are not covered by the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. The court has interpreted the law in an alarmingly elastic way so as to allow destructive research on human beings created through cloning. Such shifting of the goalposts is unacceptable. Extending the definition of an embryo in the act is a matter for parliament, not for the courts." Mr Ozimic questioned aspects of the judgement. "Both the time limits and consent provisions for the use of embryos in the 1990 act only apply to embryos created through fertilisation, not ones created through cloning. It appears that anyone who gives a blood sample could be cloned without their knowledge or consent, and their clone grown in the laboratory for many weeks or months. "Despite this disappointing defeat, we commend the ProLife Alliance for the battle it has fought. The fight to vindicate the human rights of all embryos, cloned or otherwise, will continue."