[EV News] 23 Ocft 2008--The Daily Telegraph, Guardian, and LifeSite News report today that the third reading of the human fertilisation and embryology bill was passed by 355 votes to 129 last night despite a rebellion by 16 Labour MPs.
The vote will mean that Britain will become one of a handful of countries in the world to allow the implanting of human cells into an egg taken from an animal.
Besides allowing the creation of cloned human/animal embryos for experimentation, the bill will enshrine in law all the individual permissions given in the last 16 years by the UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. It will allow homosexual partners to have children created for them in IVF labs after it abolishes the requirement that doctors consider the “need for a father.” It will also allow the creation of children, called “saviour siblings,” to be used as tissue donors for siblings.
The Government limited the debate to just a few hours, meaning that many of the main provisions of the Bill, including saviour siblings and IVF for lesbians, were not debated.