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EU institutions divided on therapeutic cloning

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 16 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:658
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Union is sending out contradictory messages to the medical and scientific community on the controversial issue of therapeutic cloning. Whereas the European Commission is calling for a rational debate to consider all the ethical and medical aspects, the European parliament believes that all research in this area should be banned.

    Members of the European parliament (MEPs) took an unexpectedly tough line last week when they adopted a highly critical resolution on human cloning by 237 votes to 230, with 43 abstentions. This states that therapeutic cloning “irreversibly crosses a boundary in research norms and is contrary to public policy.”

    It demanded binding legislation in each member state “prohibiting all research …

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