LONDON, Jan 23, 2001 ( – The House of Lords yesterday gave final approval to the much-contested use of human cloning for stem cell research purposes. Despite mass protest by the public, the European Union, religious leaders and pro-life groups internationally, the House of Lords rejected, 212 to 92, even a motion to delay the vote to allow for more debate on the issue.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) in the UK denounced the decision, criticizing also the bizarre decision of the Lords to look into matters of ongoing concern after the vote. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC’s political spokesman, commented: “It is absurd that a select committee should be expected to report after the passage of the very measure which it is supposed to examine … This government has been totally impervious to the ever-growing protest at the way it has rushed its proposals through parliament. All the major religious leaders in this country, scores of European politicians, many scientists and countless members of the public urged the government not to break its promises of a thorough, open scrutiny of human cloning.” See related coverage:


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