Bishops' researcher signals return of Embryo Bill
A bill described as "authorising the destruction of human life for profit" will return to the Senate for debate on 2 December.
Research fellow for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Dr Warwick Neville said the Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002 would allow surplus IVF embryos to be used for experimentation in stem cell research.
Dr Neville said "this bill makes available embryos from childless couples that will now become human guinea pigs for profit."
He added there was no ethical problem with using adult stem cells for research.
"Medically, its the way to go," he said. "There are no tissue rejection problems because the cells are taken from the same patient being treated. "However there are enormous problems associated with using tissues derived from embryonic stem cells."
Dr Neville said the Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill was passed in the Senate earlier this month and would return to the House of Representatives with very few amendments.
Research Involving Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill 2002 (Parliamentary website)
Embryo research opponents look set to lose battle (11/11/02)
Catholic Health calls for delay in embryo research bill (24/6/02)
Report on the ACBC & friends hearing before the Senate Thursday 27/9/02
Embryo cell row clouds PM's visit to Pope (26/6/02)
Moral theologian speaks out agains discarding embryos (27/9/02)
Shift to belief that life begins instantly (2/8/02)
IVF researcher apologises to Catholic for 'irrational' slur (5/8/02)
Catholic bishops call on PM to present all the facts on stem cells (23/5/02)
21 Nov 2002