Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Call For Debate On Germline Engineering

Banning human cloning would only address some of the issues concerning human genetic engineering, Green Party MP and Health spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today.

A call for widespread debate into issues such as stem cell research and germline engineering came after a report in today's New Zealand Herald that the first human clone may only be a few weeks away.

A ban on human cloning in New Zealand is proposed in the Human Assisted Reproduction Bill which is currently before the Health Select Committee, but Ms Kedgley said public debate is needed in order to develop legislation relating to these other controversial issues. Germline engineering involves human sperm and eggs being genetically engineered, resulting in the human genetic code being permenantly altered.

"We need to encourage widespread debate about the ethics, risks and legal issues surrounding these controversial topics so we can decide where we are going to draw the line in the sand.

"If we don't act soon we could end up on the slippery slope to a Brave New World where children are treated as a consumer commodities that parents can choose by selecting genes from a catalogue."

Ms Kedgley stressed the risks of human cloning, saying past experiments with animals have been a hit and miss affair, often with disastrous results.

"On average less than two per cent of animal clones make it to term, and most that do have severe abnormalities such as malfunctioning livers and heart problems. Could we tolerate a similar strike rate to produce a human clone?

"Personally, I believe that cloning and human genetic engineering is a technological threshold which humanity should not cross.

"These technologies will change forever what it means to be human."

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Who Decides On The Priority List For Vaccines

During the past week, the nation has gone through a range of mixed feelings about south Auckland. Understandably, there’s been a hankering in some quarters to punish a few of the rule breakers who plunged all of Auckland back into lockdown…Yet alongside that impulse there also been compassion for the way that poverty and overcrowding make south Aucklanders extremely vulnerable to the spread of the virus... More>>


 




Government: PHARMAC Review Announced

The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Main Benefits To Increase In Line With Wages

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>

Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>

ALSO:


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels