The Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology, [ACART] has recommended that Ministerial authority be given for the use of human embryos for scientific research.
Right to Life New Zealand in the defence of life is totally opposed to the recommendation as being immoral and a violation of human rights. It is also an appalling exploitation of women who would be asked to give up their children for research and destruction..
It is a scientific fact that human life begins at conception. At the moment of conception the human embryo is endowed by its Creator with human rights, the foundation of these rights is the right to life, these rights are inalienable and can not be taken away. From conception the human embryo should be accorded the respect that is due to the human person. Human embryos are members of the human family and should be respected and protected.
Embryonic stem cell research entails the destruction of the human embryo. This is immoral and a violation of the human rights of the human embryo. The human embryo is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s loving creation. The destruction of the human embryo is a violation of the fifth commandment of God, Thou shalt not kill.
ACART contends that the use of so called ‘spare embryo’s from IVF clinics for embryonic research is justified on the grounds that these embryo’s are not required for implantation and will be destroyed. The end does not justify the means. The destruction of human persons can never be justified to promote medical research. ACART also contends that the research would be ethical as the consent of the parents would be required. Right to Life contends that human embryos, human persons are not a commodity owned by the parents. Parents do not have a moral right to give consent to donate their children to medical science for research. To do so would be a grave dereliction of their duty to protect their offspring.
We have had more than ten years of research on embryonic stem cell lines that have produced no medical cures. Right to life applauds ethical research with umbilical cord stem cells and adult stem cells that have produced more than seventy treatments for medical conditions, many more are anticipated. It is suggested that the government encourage ethical medical research in New Zealand using adult stem cells that have very promising results for the cure of serious medical conditions such as paraplegia.
Right to Life has written to the Minister of Health requesting that he rejects the recommendation of ACART to allow research on human embryos. and to reject an alternative 18 months moratorium allowing for more research and consultation. We have also requested that he prohibit, cloning, the making of hybrid human / animal research animals and the genetic modification of human embryos for research. Right to Life encourages readers to right to the Minister of Health, Parliament Building, Wellington to express their opposition to this recommendation of ACART.