The three parent technique is genetic modification. Will parliament confront this?

Jul 31, 2014 by

By Melanie McDonagh, Spectator: If I were choosing a third parent for a baby, you know, I’d be inclined to choose one of the Williams sisters — the top-notch tennis players. If you want to create a baby with really classy metabolism — and metabolic function is just what the third parent provides — you may as well make it good. But what you can’t do, in creating a baby that’s able to process energy efficiently, is pretend that this is anything other than genetic modification. Yet the Department...

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EU legal official says France cannot bar gays from giving blood

Jul 19, 2014 by

by M E Synon, Breitbart: A top legal official at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said French authorities may not exclude blood donations from gay sexually-active men. Paolo Mengozzi, an Advocate General at the court, published an opinion on Thursday which followed a challenge by a homosexual, Geoffrey Léger, to a French law which permanently excludes men who have had, or have, sexual relations with other men from giving blood. A lower court had asked the ECJ whether this permanent...

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Greater mental health risks for IVF babies

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Nicole M King, Family Edge: The News Story – IVF babies face greater risk of mental illness While IVF has helped more than 5,000,000 babies to be born, it is not without risks and complications for both the baby and mother.  A recent study has shown that babies born from IVF have an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia, both in childhood and adulthood. A recent article in The Scotsman summarizes the issue.  It is not clear that the...

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The untold cost of creating three parent embryos

Jul 12, 2014 by

by Philippa Taylor, CMF: Why helping a few women will harm many more. It seems ironic that while ten or so women may be helped each year to have embryos free from mitochondrial disease (yes, the numbers are that small as a Government ‘estimate’admits), many hundreds of other women will be put at real risk of harm to help them achieve this. There is a deafening silence from the HFEA, from Government and, above all, from scientists about the fact that new research and treatment for mitochondrial...

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How the Government’s three parent policy is risking genetic abnormalities

Jun 29, 2014 by

by Fiona Bruce MP, Conservative Home: Back in March, I wrote a piece for ConservativeHomeexamining the ethical implications of mitochondrial replacement techniques. Today I address the growing public safety concerns surrounding the Government’s proposals. The handling of GM food technology in the 1990s has become a text book example of how not to deal with consumer concerns about the application of science. It demonstrated how adopting a cavalier attitude toward public fears can seriously...

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Freedom of conscience in medicine is under sustained attack but is worth fighting for

Jun 21, 2014 by

By Peter Saunders, CMF: I have previously highlighted the case of two Glasgow midwives who were disciplined by their NHS Trust for refusing to participate in abortion. Their Trust was found to be in the wrong by the Scottish Court of Appeal and the case has been referred to the UK Supreme Court where a further hearing is still awaited. A single act of physician refusal to abort a patient can evoke headlines around the world, especially in nations targeted by the pro-abortion industry....

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