Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hybrids: SPUC call to action

Action: please lobby your MP.

From SPUC: The first main debate ("Second Reading") and vote in the House of Commons
on the government's Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill is now imminent. It may be as early as Monday 12 May.

The immediate priority is to ask MPs to vote against the Bill at Second Reading. The HFE Bill is the most serious legislative threat to early human life since the 1990 embryology law. We must also alert others to the nature of the Bill to help swell opposition to it.

We have produced a striking new leaflet for mass distribution - see http://www.spuc.org.uk/hfeleaflet.pdf Previous leaflets have been very effective in alerting people to the Bill - but we need to do more. Please do all you can to help circulate this leaflet now. It can be distributed door-to-door, outside churches and on the street. The leaflet urges people to write to or telephone their MP, and offers copies of our latest briefing
for those who want to know more - see http://www.spuc.org.uk/hfebriefing3.pdf Leaflets and briefings can be ordered by emailing

Liz Foody at SPUC lizfoody@spuc.org.uk or by telephone
020 7091 7091 or by fax 020 7820 3131 or by post to SPUC, 3 Whitacre Mews,
Stannary Street, London SE11 4AB.

Visit http://www.spuc.org.uk/mps for how you can contact your MP to urge him/her to vote against the HFE bill.

In recent weeks the HFE Bill has been in the news a number of times:

* Several religious leaders have strongly criticised the Bill.
* The Prime Minister has supported the creation of human-animal embryos to produce stem cells.
* A group of medical research charities has supported the Bill.
* The chairman of the National Stem Cell Network has said that embryo
stem cells offer no guarantee of treating any diseases at all.

For more information, visit SPUC's HFE bill campaign page at

Yours sincerely in defence of life,

Anthony Ozimic
Political Secretary

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