The UK today becomes the first country in the world to allow the creation of a baby from the DNA of three parents. The move, which was approved in law earlier this year, comes into force today, despite concerns which have been outlined by Christian and secular groups.
The procedure involves the replacement of a small part of the mother’s DNA with that of a donor so that certain genetic health conditions are not passed onto the child. Researchers at Newcastle University say the technique could help around 2,500 families a year.
But because this means that the baby will technically have DNA from two women and a man, ethical concerns have been raised.
Christian ethicists have expressed concern about the creating what have been dubbed “three-parent babies”.
Some oppose the proposed IVF technique, “mitochondrial replacement therapy”, because they believe it is a form of genetic modification and creates children with, in effect, three parents. The Government response emphasises that no nuclear DNA, which provides physical and other traits that children inherit from their parents, would be contributed from the donated female egg or embryo. The Government has consistently rejected claims that the techniques constitute genetic modification.
It is playing God in the womb, it is genetic modification, plain and simple. (DNA From Two Eggs and one Sperm) Here is how it works:
The Roman Catholic Church opposed the change in law which allowed the process to be legalised, suggesting that it “dilutes parenthood.” The Church of England, meanwhile, said it wasn’t necessarily opposed to the procedure in principle but wanted more research on the impacts as well as further debate on the ethics of the issue.
Dr Helen Watt, senior research fellow of the Anscombe Centre, a Roman Catholic medical ethics centre, told Christian Today: “The tone of the report is reassuring, but the proposals are extraordinarily reckless with the lives and health of future generations. To remove the entire nuclear material from one egg or embryo and place it in another partially-gutted egg or embryo is hardly a minor intervention. It is absurd to deny that this is germ-line genetic modification, just because the nuclear material is left untouched when ‘harvested’ from a donor egg or worse, a donor embryo. After all, on that definition cloning from an adult human being would not be ‘genetic modification’ either.”
She added: “These techniques treat no-one, they merely manufacture children by means which are hazardous not just to those particular children but to generations to come. It is far better for couples who wish to avoid passing on a condition linked to mitochondrial genes to adopt a child than to seek new ways to be genetically related to a child lab-produced in this destructive and fragmentary way.”
Christian Concern said the proposals could herald serious health, social and ethical dangers.
The campaign group warned they could lead to “lasting emotional damage” to children and submit them to serious, irreversible health risks, which would pass from generation to generation.
Andrea Williams, chiefr executive officer, said: “The HFEA itself has recommended that further research should be undertaken before proceeding with these proposals. The Government should have waited for the conclusion of these further tests before publishing the Draft Regulations.”
Critics are protesting in particular against the Government’s working definition in the document of genetic modification to mean the modification only of nuclear DNA in the chromosome meaning that mitochondrial donation techniques are not being counted as actual genetic modification.
Other critics have suggested that the procedure is a step too far towards doctors ‘playing God.’ When put to a vote in the House of Commons, all three main party leaders at the time, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and David Cameron, voted in favour of approving the procedure.
Sally Cheshire, the chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, said: “Britain is the first country in the world to permit this treatment, and it is a testament to the scientific expertise and well-respected regulatory regime that exists across the UK that Parliament has felt able to approve it.”
From next month, clinics can apply for a licence to carry out the procedure and it’s expected that the first attempt may be made by the end of the year. Regulators in the US are thought to be considering whether to approve the procedure as well.
Any child then born would have DNA from two eggs and one sperm – and so effectively have two mothers and one father – although the genetic contribution from the donated egg would be very small.
The legislation means Britain would be the first country in the world to sanction the creation of babies that effectively have three parents.Critics, including campaigners Human Genetics Alert, believe the law is a ‘slippery slope’ to producing designer babies.
Leading fertility expert, Lord Winston told The Independent: “The Government seems to have come to the right decision but used bizarre justification. Of course mitochondrial transfer is genetic modification and this modification is handed down the generations. It is totally wrong to compare it with a blood transfusion or a transplant and an honest statement might be more sensible and encourage public trust.”
Source: Christianity Today
In the Faithful Service of Jesus Christ,
Jesus Christ was born, lived, died, and rose again for the sole purpose of saving us from our sins. Are you saved? The bible declares that “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13 (KJV). Salvation is turning your life over to Jesus Christ, believing that Jesus is the son of God, and renewing your mind with his spirit, that is done through repentance of sin, and following JESUS with all your heart, mind and soul. JESUS transforms lives, if you are ready for this life saving step, call upon your savior TODAY! Learn more here.
Fellowship with us on FB at: He Is Coming -Are You Ready?
The Word of God clearly states that life was created to reproduce after its own kind. The unnatural process of genetic engineering and cloning seeks to go beyond the boundaries set by God. Scientists are “playing god” by manipulating animal and human DNA. The result will be a permanent destruction to the genetics of all future living beings. This is nothing more than EUGENICS. Hitler should come to mind when we think of this technology, as well as demonic women like Margaret Sanger.
Satan, has already set the stage for deception – he tempts and draws in men by the power of knowledge, just as he did with Eve, and the lie of immortality “Ye shall not surely die:.and you will become like God..” -Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV).
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: – Genesis 3:22 (KJV).
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not- 2 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV).
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage – 2 Peter 2:19 (KJV).
”..keep that which is avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith…” -1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV).
“lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV).
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. – Matthew 24:37 (KJV).
Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee -Leviticus 19:19 (KJV).
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith – Romans 12:3 (KJV).
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? – Ecclestiastes 7:16 (KJV).
Simply put, these geneticists are playing god.