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UK becomes first country in the world to allow 'three-parent babies'

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Issued by Christian Concern


News Release
For immediate release
28 October 2015

UK becomes first country in the world to allow 'three-parent babies'

The UK will tomorrow (29 OCT) become the first country in the world to allow the creation of genetically-modified, 'three-parent babies'.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 take effect tomorrow.

Parliament approved the regulations in February, in the face of widespread concern over the ethical and safety implications.

Commenting on the development, Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said:

"Even judged by the UK's generally cavalier approach to bioethics, this is a huge ethical and safety line to cross.

"Countless human embryos will be destroyed in the development of these techniques and once they are deployed, we will be embarking on a mass genetic experiment on future generations, without consent.

"There is no way of accurately predicting the consequences, but future generations will be forced to endure them.

"No wonder that, for so many in the international scientific community, this is a line that shouldn't be crossed.

"First, we are altering genetic material, which could give rise to unforeseen complications and abnormalities. Secondly, we are creating children who have at least three genetic parents. What effect will that have? Thirdly, we are imposing this, not just on the next generation, but on all subsequent generations, because these modifications will be passed from one generation to the next.

"We have set out on a dangerous path, on which 'designer babies' and even eugenics could prove to be much closer than we pretend.

"We are 'playing God', undermining the very pattern for family and human dignity that God has given to us." 




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