Some good news today. Since 2002, Australia has banned the creation of human-animal hybrids to produce embryonic stem cells, and now Australia has decided their ban will remain in place. Here Here! And their ban has teeth in it too. If you are caught creating stem cells from hybrid embryos you can face the maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.
The main thrust for those who support the creation of human-animal hybrids is the shortage of human eggs. The egg, in the creation of hybrids, comes from the animal and not a young woman. Hybrid embryos are said to contain stem cells that are 99.9% human.
- 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.