Lies, cowardice and cloning (letter)by Dr David van GendNews Weekly
, November 25, 2006
The Senate vote for cloning is a victory for organised lying. Inhuman legislation that permits the creation of living embryos as mere raw material for research, that permits an aborted baby girl to be made the "mother" of a cloned embryo, has been achieved by systematic scientific deception. The conscience vote has been steamrolled by "con science".
We have witnessed the hubris of certain scientists who do not want anybody, even the Parliament, telling them what they can and cannot research. As one senior scientist put it to me, "If you let them limit us on cloning, where will it stop?"
We have witnessed the shameful behaviour of scientists who - as another senior researcher confided - will compromise intellectual integrity for a big new bucket of public money.
We have witnessed the timidity of scientists who know that their colleagues are falsifying stem-cell science for PR reasons, but will not speak up for fear of rocking the scientific boat.
Our MPs must be more sceptical of these scientific lobbyists, more penetrating as to the true motives for cloning, if they are not to be taken for fools like their 34 upper house colleagues.Dr David van Gend,
DO NO HARM! Australians for Ethical Stem-Cell Research,