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European Parliament Opposes UK Move on Embryo Cloning

Genetic Crossroads
September 19th, 2000


On September 7, the European Parliament approved by a 7-vote margin a
resolution attacking the British proposal to allow embryo cloning. The
resolution, written by an unusual coalition of Greens and center-right
groups, has important political and moral value but no legislative effect.
Framed outside the debate over abortion rights, it asks the governments
of the European Union "to introduce binding norms that prohibit all forms
of research on any type of human cloning in their territory, and provide
penal sanctions for any violation." See <http://www.europarl.eu.int> and
<http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=6771>.


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