Spanish Prelates Warn of a “License to Clone”

Assail Legislation as Attack on Human Life

MADRID, Spain, FEB. 16, 2006 ( Spain’s bishops are opposing legislation on assisted reproduction as a “legal license to clone human beings” and “refusal to protect incipient human life.”

That was how the episcopate described the legislation which faces a vote in the Congress of Deputies in the near future.

In a note last week, the Executive Committee of the bishops’ conference echoed the “profound concern” that the legislation arouses, “which denies the juridical protection that a just legislation should give incipient human life.”

The measure would grant “license to clone human beings, allowing so-called therapeutic cloning,” a term that must not “lead to deception,” as “it is about producing cloned human beings who, moreover, will not be allowed to be born, but will have their life taken from them to be used as material for scientific testing in the search for possible future therapies,” warn the prelates.

The legislation would also open the door to “reproductive cloning,” that is, “the future production of cloned children,” the committee added.

The legislative text also makes possible “eugenic selection” in new areas, “such as the production of so-called medication-babies, namely, children who will be born with specific therapeutic ends after other siblings of theirs, inappropriate for those ends, have been selected for death in the first days of their existence.”

The bishops said the measure would even go as far as to legalize “the fertilization of animal ova with human sperm, a practice of unforeseeable consequences condemned in several international agreements.”

“It will not be possible for Catholic deputies to support this law with their vote,” the prelates observed. “We must say ‘no,’ because we cannot omit the ‘yes’ consequent to human dignity and justice.”

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