Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence

Memorandum 2

Submission from the ProLife Alliance

  1.  The issues raised by these proposals are hugely controversial, particularly as the exact nature of what may be created is yet to be determined. This is a question that cannot and should not be resolved by the Ethics and Law Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. It is clear that an in-depth debate on these matters is necessary to investigate the scientific and moral implications arising from these proposals.

  2.  We do not make any recommendations on the issue of regulation at this stage. We contend that legislation in this area should be deferred until a full Parliamentary inquiry into the scientific and ethical issues surrounding the creation of hybrid and chimera embryos has taken place.

January 2007

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