Originally posted by Marilyn de Queiroz:
The fetus before birth is ...
Originally posted by Axel Janssen:
What does the anti-abortionists say about chinese policy?
As far as I know chinese couples are allowed to have 2 kids only. For 3rd, 4rth, etc. kid, they'll have to pay prohibitive taxes.
It appears that this policy has been really eficient to lessen population explosion problem, which still heavily aflicts lots of parts of the world. On the other hand, there are cases in rural China, where parents kill female babies, because they think its better to have son. This is against the law, but the law creates the context for this behaviour.
Are such laws ok or not?
Message from the Committee's Secretariat
On Thursday 12 February the media reported a the research of some Korean scientists, who claim that they have produced 30 cloned human embryos. The research will be published in Science, one of the world�s leading journals (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3480921.stm
The research is being conducted to create stem cell lines, which could be used to treated degenerative disorders such as Parkinson�s disease. Research has shown that stem cells can develop into a wide range of tissues. The cloning technique means that the patient would not reject the implanted cells.
Research on human embryos for therapeutic purposes (including cloning) is legal in the UK but regulated under a 2001 amendment to the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act.
What issues does the raise? Does this bring the prospect of reproductive cloning any nearer? Is there a danger that licences will be sought to export cloned embryos? Once out of the UK, it might be possible to take them to country in which they could be implanted in a woman�s womb?