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Approval for new and controversial embryo techniques is dangerous

14 June 2012

SPUC has responded to a report published by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics which claims that: "Novel techniques to prevent mitochondrial DNA disorders would be an ethical treatment option".

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, commented: "As with IVF and cloning, these mitochondrial techniques may well lead to developmental abnormalities. Creating embryonic children in the laboratory abuses them, by subjecting them to unnatural processes. These techniques are both destructive and dangerous and therefore unethical.

"The vast majority of embryonic children created in the laboratory are killed because they do not meet the 'quality control' requirements dictated by scientists involved in such increasingly macabre experiments.

"Scientists should abandon the spurious field of destructive embryo experimentation and instead promote the ethical alternative of adult stem cell research, which is already providing cures and treatments for an increasing number of conditions." [SPUC, 12 June]

Other stories:

  • Hawaii Planned Parenthood helps patients get sex-selection abortions [, 13 June]
  • Canadian undercover sting reveals more evidence of sex-selective abortion [, 13 June]
  • Marie Stopes International acquires the Calthorpe Clinic in Birmingham [Marie Stopes International, 12 June]
  • SPUC disability spokesman interviewed on genetic screening of unborn children [Premier Christian Radio, 7 June]
  • British Medical Journal adopts campaigning stance on euthanasia [Peter Saunders, 13 June]
  • Chinese woman 'forced to have abortion at seven months' [HuffPo UK, 14 June]
  • China's one-child policy causes more violence against women than any official policy in history, says expert [NRLC, 12 June]


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