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Thursday, 12 September 1985
Page: 496

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That we the undersigned have great concern for the future development and research of the IVF programme and express that we are against `Senator Harradine's Bill' Human Embryo Experimental Bill 1985.

The Bill threatens the provisions as a treatment for infertility because it defines as `prohibited experimentation':

1. Any manipulation of a relevant human embryo;

2. Any procedure undertaken on or involving the use of a relevant human embryo;

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 by virtue of sub-section (1) shall be deemed to be prohibited experimenting for the purposes of this Act.

4. Wilfully destroy a relevant human embryo;

5. Wilfully allow a relevant human embryo to die.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.