Media Release: Wednesday, 30 May, 2007

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today urged NSW parliamentarians to reject any legislation which would permit the cloning of human embryos for research purposes.

“It was a sad day for Australia when the Federal Parliament passed a bill last December which legalised the cloning of human embryos for the purpose of destructive research,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said today.

“I urge NSW parliamentarians to think carefully about whether they, too, are prepared to pass legislation which will enable the creation of life purely for experimental purposes, with that life ultimately to be destroyed in the interests of science.

“Human life, regardless of its age, has value and should not be arbitrarily created and destroyed, no matter how noble the supposed goal might be.”

Mr Wallace said he has been encouraged by the strong opposition from some MPs in other States to cloning bills and hopes there will be also be a strong response in NSW.

“The Federal legislation on this issue was heavily debated and would have been blocked in the Senate if just one Senator had voted the other way. Each NSW parliamentarian should carefully weigh up their vote on this issue and decide whether the goal of scientific research really justifies the destruction of human life.”

Mr Wallace said that cloning legislation had recently been passed in Victoria despite strong opposition, and that cloning bills have also been introduced into Queensland and Western Australia. ACL has set up a campaign against State cloning bills on its ‘Make A Stand’ website at Concerned NSW residents should log on to the website and send an email to their local parliamentarians.

Contact: Glynis Quinlan