Right now, we're rolling out a huge campaign to protect the human embryo. Why? Because Minister for Health, Mary Harney, said that she intends to bring forward proposals to government this year with a view to drafting legislation to govern the area of Assisted Human Reproduction and Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
We need to ensure that this legislation protects life from the moment of conception - and outlaws any form of embryo research or embryo destruction. Embryo research advocates such as the Irish Stem Cell Foundation continue to push Minister Harney to allow lethal research on human life. The Minister has said she will reference the recommendations of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction in drafting legislation - but those recommendations would allow for embryo research and cloning. A new report from the Life Institute reveals that the Commission was hand-picked for that purpose.
Millions of euro have been invested by big pharma in embryonic stem cell research - but we need to make sure that Ireland's pro-life ethos does not fall.
We are determined to collect 100,000 signatures by the end of our Summer of Life campaign to send to Minister Harney to emphasize that the Irish people want all human life protected from conception to natural death, which includes the embryo.
The petitions that will be signed and sent to Minister Harney states:
“We, the undersigned, call on the Irish government to protect the right-to-life of the human embryo from conception, and demand a ban on any form of embryo research, and on the deliberate destruction of the human embryo.”
For more information on stem cells, ethics and treatments, check out our bio-ethics section on www.truthtv.org/bio-ethics/
ALSO: view these Youtube videos of experts Dr. David Prentice and Wesley Smith on the science and ethics of stem celll research and human cloning.
Dr. David Prentice gave a superb talk in Dublin recently on the science and ethics of stem cell research and human cloning. This 35 minute talk broken into 3 sections simply explains stem cell research and problems associated with using embyros in research.
Wesley Smith spoke in Dublin, 2009, on the ethics of stem cell research and the background to the new ideologies concerning personhood and human dignity. This 25 minute talk broken into 2 sections explores the new philosophies.