The Pink Triangle Trust

News Release – 24 March 2008

GAY CHARITY SUPPORTS EMBRYOLOGY BILL AND SLAMS CATHOLIC CHURCH

KENILWORTH, 24 MARCH 2008 — The gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has added its voice to those of the hundreds of charities that are supporting the Government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. It also endorses the eminent scientist and fertility expert Professor Lord (Robert) Winston’s description of the Catholic Church’s statement on this as “lying” and “misleading”.

The PTT’s secretary, George Broadhead, said: “Highly reputable organisations like the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust have said that this research has massive potential to provide treatments for serious debilitating disorders ranging from developmental abnormalities in young children to stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, as well as better and safer treatment for infertile couples. Yet the Roman Catholic Church vehemently opposes it. What is it about this Church that it seems automatically to oppose advances in biological science that can promote human happiness and welfare?

“When you consider the enormous difference that contraception has made to the lives of women previously weighed down by multiple births and sexual diseases and the availability of abortion that gives women control over their lives,” said Mr Broadhead, “it is monstrous that these life-enhancing measures are opposed in a civilised society.”

He added: “We warmly welcome that part of the Bill that will enable homosexual couples who conceive through donated sperm, eggs or embryos to register as parents on a birth certificate and two-mother families to be recognised.”


Note for editors: The Pink Triangle Trust is named after the pink triangle that gay men had to wear in the Nazi concentration camps. This registered charity (number 1015629) was set up in 1992 to advance the education of the public and particularly of lesbians and gay men, in the principles and practice of Humanism and to advance the education of the public, and particularly of Humanists, about all aspects of homosexuality. It may also assist individuals to obtain remedies under the law where they have suffered unlawful discrimination on account of their homosexuality or their Humanism.

Further information from George Broadhead on 01926 858450.
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