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Friday, 23 August 1985
Page: 247

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled; the Petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully showeth.

That your petitioners do not support the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985.

A. `Section 5 (1) for the purposes of this Act, but subject to sub-section (2), any experimenting that is undertaken on, or that involves the use of, a relevant human embryo before the embryo has been implanted in the womb of a woman, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing-

(a) any manipulation of a relevant human embryo;

(b) any procedure undertaken on, or involving the use of, a relevant human embryo;

(c) any dissection of a relevant human embryo; and

(d) any process by way of testing reactions to a drug involving the use of a relevant human embryo,

before the embryo has been so implanted, is prohibited experimenting.

(2) Any experimenting referred to in sub-section (1) is not prohibited experimenting for the purposes of this Act if it is undertaken primarily for a benefit consistent with the development of the relevant human embryo's full human potential.''

Section 5 (2) above appears to be a saving clause to allow manipulation, procedures, and drug use during Invitro Fertilisation procedures. If this is the intent, then our objection to Section 5 (1) is withdrawn.

B. `Section 5 (3) The creating of a relevant human embryo in anticipation that the development of the full human potential of the relevant human embryo will be interrupted, or of using the embryo, or of having the embryo available for use, in any experimenting, manipulation, or procedure that is prohibited experimenting by virtue of sub-section (1) shall be deemed to be prohibited experimenting for the purposes of this Act.'

C. `Section 6 (8) A person shall not, in a Territory, and a corporation or an authority of the Commonwealth shall not,

(a) wilfully destroy a relevant human embryo; or

(b) wilfully allow a relevant human embryo to die.

Penalty: $20,000 or, in the case of a natural person, imprisonment for 4 years.'

Your petitioners therefore pray that your Honourable House will:

Vote against the `Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985'.

Your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.