June 18th 2005

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COVER STORY: OPINION: The European Union - charting the future

EDITORIAL: New industrial law needs amendment

FINANCE: Leading banker calls for Development Bank

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Kim Beazley's tactics backfire

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: New law to deny patients life-saving treatment

QUARANTINE: Pork industry wins major court victory

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Behind the defection of a Chinese diplomat

DEFENCE: Australia ill-prepared for new threats

FAMILY: Is Australia facing a new baby boom?

OPINION: Bioethics and the biblical worldview

ENVIRONMENT: Debunking myths about the Great Barrier Reef

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Disillusioned Europeans / Can the Euro last? / Some more unintended consequences for the Greens / Not another oil-for-food scam? / The Year of the Octopus

Democracy vs. the courts (letter)

Destroying lives to benefit others (letter)

Informed consent (letter)

Washington's "Deep Throat" a hero? (letter)

BOOKS: C.S. Lewis for the New Millennium, by Peter Kreeft

BOOKS: Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary / The Bonfire of Berlin

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Destroying lives to benefit others (letter)

by Dr David van Gend

News Weekly, June 18, 2005

The savagery of the experiments with human cloning in South Korea and now the UK is that technicians are creating embryonic humans with the explicit aim of using and discarding them.

New human lives are excluded from the circle of human care, destined for destruction, dehumanised as mere meat for the consumption of science. This is the heart of the matter, yet much of the media coverage is all scientific hype and no moral heart.

Three years ago, when the Commonwealth Parliament permitted researchers to use surplus IVF embryos on the grounds that they were "going to die anyway", it was made very clear, by the Prime Minister and others, that embryos must never be created simply for research. That remains the ethical line in the sand, and rules out research cloning.

In the majority vote against all cloning by the United Nations this year, delegates drew the same line, declaring: "No human life should ever be produced to be destroyed for the benefit of another."

We are clever. We can find ways to fight disease that does not involve a violation of such a vital principle of justice and humanity. We must not create and kill some to benefit others.

Dr David van Gend
Toowoomba, Qld.

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