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Chimera embryos have right to life, say bishops

 
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Chimera embryos have right to life, say bishops
Just like in the days of Noah?
Chimera embryos have right to life, say bishops
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
Last Updated: 2:03am BST 27/06/2007


Human-animal hybrid embryos conceived in the laboratory - so-called “chimeras” - should be regarded as human and their mothers should be allowed to give birth to them, the Roman Catholic Church said yesterday.

Under draft Government legislation to be debated by Parliament later this year, scientists will be given permission for the first time to create such embryos for research as long as they destroy them within two weeks.

advertisementBut the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, in a submission to the Parliamentary joint committee scrutinising the draft legislation, said that the genetic mothers of “chimeras” should be able to raise them as their own children if they wished.

The bishops said that they did not see why these “interspecies” embryos should be treated any differently than others.

The wide-ranging draft Human Tissue and Embryo Bill, which aims to overhaul the laws on fertility treatment, will include sections on test tube babies, embryo research and abortion. Ministers say that the creation of animal-human embryos - created by injecting animal cells or DNA into human embryos or human cells into animal eggs - will be heavily regulated.

They insist that it will be against the law to implant “chimeras” - named after the mythical creature that was half man and half animal - into a woman’s womb.

The bishops, who believe that life begins at conception, said that they opposed the creation of any embryo solely for research, but they were also anxious to limit the destruction of such life once it had been brought into existence.

In their submission to the committee, they said: “At the very least, embryos with a preponderance of human genes should be assumed to be embryonic human beings, and should be treated accordingly.

“In particular, it should not be a crime to transfer them, or other human embryos, to the body of the woman providing the ovum, in cases where a human ovum has been used to create them.

“Such a woman is the genetic mother, or partial mother, of the embryo; should she have a change of heart and wish to carry her child to term, she should not be prevented from doing so.”

The draft Bill will also allow the screening of embryos for genetic or chromosomal abnormalities that might lead to serious medical conditions, disabilities, or miscarriage. It will permit doctors to check whether an embryo could provide a suitable tissue match for a sibling suffering from a life-threatening illness.

The Bill would abolish the requirement for fertility clinics to consider the need for a father when deciding on treatment. This means clinics will no longer be able to deny treatment to lesbians and single mothers.

The Catholic bishops said that most of the procedures covered by the Bill “should not be licensed under any circumstances”, principally on the grounds that they violate human rights.
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[link to www.telegraph.co.uk]
George Orwell was right..Black is White, Up is Down, War is Peace...

"Never believe anything until it has been officially denied."

Yesterday is history.......Tomorrow a mystery.......Today is a gift......thats why we call it the Present!!!
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Wow the RC Church said that? That is blasphemy! Humans and animals mixed, I can't think of a higher abomination! It looks like this is the beginning of the end.
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Sounds like they need genetically engineered supersoldiers to fight for them.
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Why does anybody even want to try that?!
damned
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You know Blair had a long poopty pool with the Poope just last week. They've prob made many manly poopets by now...the pooplic is always the last to know of the great sinlies.
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thats why I had my chimenea spayed

otherwise you get this

[link to www.thepotplace.co.uk]

hehe

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thats why I had my chimenea spayed

otherwise you get this

[link to www.thepotplace.co.uk]

hehe

we now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast
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LOL
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what kind of a woman would allow herself to be part of such an experiment is beyond me.i have a deep regard for life but to do this is totally insane.not only to give up the embryo but to carry it full term inside her and then call my child is satanic
life is what you make it and what you think doesnt matter in this world
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Re: Chimera embryos have right to life, say bishops
Congenital chimerism is a naturally occurring phenomenon.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Like this hasn't gone on for years!! Oh what was I thinking I forgot to get the ok to do this decades back?
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A horrible methodology of enslavement by monarchies funded lab lapdogs.





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