I am always praising the Germans for their great laws on cloning and embryo research. But today I saw this piece, suggesting that the German lawmakers are considering relaxing their current policies. Why in the world would they do this? Especially in light of the recent iPSC breakthroughs – which keep providing us with new breakthroughs and advancements!
Because *yawn* *sigh* – the scientist are complaining that their prohibitions against cloning embryos or destroying embryos for research is causing them to fall behind with the global advances! Say what?
A vote is set for next month. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail!
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.