The report of the Senate Committee examining the stem cell legislation is released today, after three public hearings and nearly 500 public submissions. It is hard to know how many Senators and MPs are still undecided on the issue, but those that are will probably draw on the report for information to some extent.
I was talking with someone from another party last week who assessed the Senate numbers at about 42-34 in favour. However, it’s hard to be sure. Most people would be factoring me as a Yes, but while I’m leaning that way I haven’t made up my mind yet. There may be a number of others in that position, or none.
There are a few aspects I am seeking more information on first, and I haven’t yet made my mind up about the use of animal eggs to produce embryos.
I am also keen to hear during the Senate debate the view of the proponent of the legislation as to what the ethical rationale is for allowing some types of embryos to be used for experimentation, but not others.
Debate will start on the legislation in the Senate next week.
You can listen to some speeches for and against stem cell changes in mp3 format by clicking on this link.