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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

It is my pleasure to present a petition on behalf of many people of this country who are extremely concerned about today’s proceedings and those that will take place over the coming weeks in relation to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, and about the effect that it will have on respect for human life.

The petition of residents of the UK has been signed by 45,403 people. I want to express the gratitude of many hon. Members to the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children for organising the petition, which is reflective of the views not only of those signatories but of many thousands of others throughout the country who have expressed their concern.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of the United Kingdom,

Declares that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (2007) proposes to endorse the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos in the laboratory; the widening of the scope for experiments on human embryos, and the creation of human embryos for other purposes without regard for the welfare and status of such embryos.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons vote against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, and urges the Government to change its policy towards endorsing the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos in the laboratory; the widening of the scope for experiments on human embryos, and the creation of human embryos for other purposes without regard for the welfare and status of such embryos.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

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