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Date published: 2006/12/06

The BBC says:

Australia's parliament has lifted a ban on cloning human embryos for stem cell research, despite opposition from the prime minister and other party leaders.

The House of Representatives approved the legislation by a vote of 82 to 62. It was passed by the Senate last month.

It will clear the way for researchers to engage in therapeutic cloning.
Members of parliament were permitted a conscience vote - meaning they were not bound by their party's policy - following heated debate.

Despite strong support for the bill, both Prime Minister John Howard and new Labor leader Kevin Rudd made impassioned speeches against repealing the ban.

"I think what we're talking about here is a moral absolute and that is why I cannot support the legislation," Mr Howard said.

Good for the Australian parliament for putting science above second-rate religious hysteria. What here is a "moral absolute"?

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