Professor Gareth Jones BSc [Hon] MBBs [Lond] DSC (W. Aust) Emeritus Professor from the University of Otago’s anatomy and bio-ethics department, writing in the New Zealand Medical Journal, claims that it is unethical and inconsistent for a society that accepts IVF to prohibit human embryo research on surplus human embryos. Right to Life strongly opposes the proposal of Professor Gareth Jones on the grounds that it is unethical and immoral.
The HART Storage Amendment Act requires that from 22 November 2014, any human embryos that have been stored for ten years are required to be destroyed and discarded, unless they have been granted an extension by ACART. There are believed to be 10,000 embryos affected that are currently frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored in the six IVF clinics in New Zealand.
In 2008, the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology [ACART}recommended to the government that approval be given for the so called “spare “ embryos frozen and stored in IVF Clinics to be used for research. This research would entail the destruction of these embryonic human beings. The Minister of Health, the Hon Tony Ryall, to his great credit, supported by intense lobbying from Right to Life and other pro-life organisations, rejected the recommendation of ACART, stating that there is no consensus. [Read more...]