The Australian policy debate about human embryonic stem cell research

Hall, W. D. (2003) The Australian policy debate about human embryonic stem cell research. Health Law Review, 12 2: 27-33.

Author Hall, W. D.
Title The Australian policy debate about human embryonic stem cell research
Journal name Health Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1188-8725
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 27
End page 33
Total pages 7
Place of publication Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Publisher Health Law Institute, Law Centre, Uni of Alberta Canada
Collection year 2004
Subject CX
360203 Research, Science and Technology Policy
730307 Health policy evaluation
1801 Law
Formatted abstract
Ethical issues have been critical to the Australian policy debate about hES cells and therapeutic cloning. The deliberative process and the political negotiation between state premiers and the Prime Minister have produced compromise legislation that bans reproductive and therapeutic cloning while allowing limited research on hES cells extracted from surplus IVF embryos. Despite conflicting views on the morality of hES cell research, there appears to be majority support for hES cell research on IVF surplus embryos. The community seems to have been persuaded that it should be allowed because of the possibility it holds of developing effective treatments for hitherto untreatable conditions. There is as near as one gets to a consensus in favour of a ban on reproductive cloning in Australia. This is in the absence of agreement on the reasons why reproductive cloning should be prohibited. Opinion is much more divided on SCNT and therapeutic cloning. A moratorium on SCNT seems a reasonable compromise in the circumstances but it is likely to become a de facto prohibition because of the political difficulty in repealing a law that prohibits it on pain of criminal penalties.
Q-Index Code CX

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