Like most people I generally can’t be bothered to protest or write huffy letters to my MP about things like embryonic stem cell science and animal-human hybrid embryo research, because I have a vague notion that nobody will listen to the religious fruitcakes anyway and it will all take care of itself.
In the case of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill I’m no longer convinced that sense will prevail, so I’m happy to spread the word about this protest next Monday outside parliament.
I’ll be along for at least part of it – covered in hair wearing a dog’s head and hooves – so do say hello if you come, and maybe post intentions/ideas below if the mood takes you.
MONDAY 12th MAY 2008
Second Reading of Human Fertility and Embryology Bill – House of Commons 12th May 2008
Please join our “Scientists, doctors (bring white coats please!) and patients “Show of Support” at 1pm-2pm including media photocall outside Parliament
At Old Palace Yard (see this map: www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/faxmap.pdf)
Followed by drop in meeting with leading scientists, medics, patient representatives and politicians in Committee Room 7 from 2pm-3.30pm
Followed by the opportunity to watch the debate when it starts at 3.30pm live in the public gallery of the Commons chmaber
On 12th May 2008 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will have its second reading in the House of Commons.
It proposes to allow embryo research to continue in the UK, including embryomnic stem cell sceince and animal-human hybrid embryo work.
Over the past months, there has been intensive lobbying of MPs, particularly from groups who are opposed to embryo research. MPs may not have heard quite so clearly from the patient groups, medics and scientists who strongly support the proposals in the bill and know that it is vitally important that the legislation is not watered down.
On Monday 12th May 2008 outside the Houses of Parliament we will seek to represent the breadth of the support for the Bill just before the debate begins by bringing representatives from the hundreds of patient groups together with scientists who support the Bill.
A YouGov poll in August 2005 showed that 77% of people accept embryo research for life-threatening diseases. But For far too long the only public shows of feeling on this issue have come from those who wish to vote down these much needed and progressive measures permitting carefully regulated embryo research and important and ethical clinical interventions like pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. So for the first time science and medicine is going to show its support for the bill.
So please join us to represent this majority and porgressive opinion across the UK.
For more information please call Becky Purvis in the office of Dr Evan Harris MP on 0207 219 5128