Bioethicist warns human cloning could happen in Australia
Plans by a team of US and Italian doctors to clone human babies could just as easily be legally carried out in Australia, a Catholic bioethicist has warned.
The Catholic Leader reports that Queensland Bioethics Centre director Ray Campbell condemned the US-Italian team's human cloning plans which were announced at a press conference in Rome last Friday.
He said human reproduction using cloning technology was contrary to human dignity and not permitted in accordance with the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights.
"Last year the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Queensland Bioethics Cenre made submissions to the Federal Inquiry into Scientific, Ethical and Regulatory Considerations Relevant to Cloning of Human Beings," he said.
"Both the bishops' conference and the Queensland Bioethics Centre, along with others, called for the introduction of legislation to ban cloning in Australia.
"We need clear legislation in Australia by banning human cloning."