Since the publication of the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill on 17 May 2007, the Department has received over 5,800 representations.
These included 5,616 postcards which were a result of a campaign run by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. The campaign covered the following stated position:
The principle that human embryos should be afforded the respect due to human beings;
to oppose the creation of inter-species (human-animal) embryos;
to introduce a complete ban on human cloning; and
to oppose amendments that will lead (even inadvertently) to more abortions.
The Department has also received 241 other representations on the draft Bill, which have included such issues as:
Alternatives to embryonic stem cell research;
the issue of inter-species embryos;
the possibility of changes to current abortion laws;
that the Bill has a lack of an ethical framework; and
the removal of the reference to the ‘need for a father’ as part of the requirement to take account of the welfare of the child before providing licensed assisted conception treatments.