Family Research Council

Brave New Britain


By Tony Perkins
April 17, 2013

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It's not just a Brave New World, it's a brave new Britain! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington. The British agency that oversees in-vitro fertilization has never met an embryo experiment it didn't like. This year, they've even given the thumbs-up to the creation of a three-parent embryo. If the British Parliament goes ahead with the recommendation, it'll be the first time a country's approved the genetic engineering of babies, or "designer children." The technique involves creating one or two embryos the old-fashioned way--with an egg and sperm--and then destroying the embryos to swap DNA. Then they create a third, genetically-engineered embryo using a cloning process, and containing the DNA of two mothers and one father. Confused yet? The procedure was meant to stop a mother from passing on a genetic disease. But there are other, ethical ways to address this problem, rather than creating new human beings by design. Destroying innocent human embryos is always wrong. And we should never start treating children like a manufactured product.

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