UK PSYCHICS REPORT - 29 January 2002
The House of Lords has backed Government plans to allow scientists to clone human embryos for research purposes. In a vote on Monday night (22 Jan) peers supported ministers' calls to back new human fertilisation and embryology regulations and rejected a delaying amendment by 212 votes to 92, a majority of 120.
Peers opposed to the new regulations, which were approved by MPs last month, said they were being rushed through parliament and should be shelved until they could be considered by a Lords committee. These are not trivial questions that preoccupy a few moral theologians. They are at the heart of our humanity. But supporters argued that delaying research could harm people with genetic diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.