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Tuesday, 15 October 2002
Page: 5115

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House that we are concerned at the destruction of human embryos by scientists extracting embryonic stem cells and concerned at proposals by scientists to clone human embryos for the purpose of extracting embryonic stem cells.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Senate will:

(1) Oppose the creation of embryos for the purpose of extracting stem cells and any other scientific purpose (therapeutic cloning);

(2) Oppose the use of already existing embryos for the purpose of extracting stem cells and any other scientific purpose;

(3) Support, encourage and fund scientific research using adult stem cells from all sources including umbilical cord blood.

by Senator Heffernan (from 516 citizens).