THE BRITISH are having a debate over a delightfully controversial bit of legislation, which has so many dimensions that we despair of summarizing it for you. As reported here: Lawmakers to vote on controversial hybrid embryo bill:
Lawmakers will debate Monday a bill which would allow scientists to use animal-human hybrid embryos in research after Prime Minister Gordon Brown passionately defended the controversial plan.
Brown reportedly takes a personal interest in the issue because his youngest son Fraser, aged nearly two, has cystic fibrosis, which could one day benefit from embryo research.
But the Catholic Church and some opposition lawmakers are opposed to the bill, with one senior churchman warning it may lead to “Frankenstein” style experiments.
But wait! There’s more …
The bill also backs the idea of “saviour sibling” children, who are created as a close genetic match for a chronically ill brother or sister, meaning their genetic material can help treat them.
And more …
In addition, it would give lesbians easier access to IVF treatment by removing requirements for clinics to consider a child’s need for a father.
And still more …
And it could tighten abortion laws by reducing the upper time limit for the procedure from 24 weeks to 22, 20 or 16 weeks if amendments tabled by backbench parliamentarians are supported.
“It is difficult to imagine a single piece of legislation which more comprehensively attacks the sanctity and dignity of human life than this particular bill,” he [Cardinal Keith O’Brien] said in an Easter Sunday sermon.
Now there’s a piece of legislation! The contrast with our silly struggles about sneaking creationism into science class reveals our legislators as being dull and unimaginative. Gotta love the British!