UK legislation planned to outlaw human reproductive cloning

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 24 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1203
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    New legislation to ban human cloning was due to be introduced into the UK parliament this week after a High Court ruling that cloning was not covered by current regulations.

    Last week's ruling surprised the government and research bodies in the United Kingdom. The secretary of state for health, Alan Milburn, responded by announcing plans for urgent legislation making human cloning a specific criminal offence, unless the ruling was overturned on appeal.

    The ruling upheld a claim by an organisation “campaigning for absolute respect for innocent human life.” The ProLife Alliance claimed …

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