UK House of Commons Approves Bill to Allow Creation of ‘Three Parent Babies’

Baby XIILONDON — The UK House of Commons has voted to approve a bill that would allow the creation of what has been called “three parent babies”—a move that some applaud as an important health advancement while others are concerned about the ethical aspects of the practice.

The practice involves in vitro fertilization (IVF), during which genetic material from the mother’s fertilized egg is transferred to the fertilized egg of a healthy donor that has had its nuclear DNA removed.

BBC News explains the first method: “Two eggs are fertilized with sperm, creating an embryo from the intended parents and another from the donors. The pronuclei, which contain genetic information, are removed from both embryos but only the parents’ are kept. A healthy embryo is created by adding the parents’ pronuclei to the donor embryo, which is finally implanted into the womb.”

The second method is similar.

“Eggs from a mother with damaged mitochondria and a donor with healthy mitochondria are collected. The majority of the genetic material is removed from both eggs. The mother’s genetic material is inserted into the donor egg, which can be fertilized by sperm.”

Therefore, the baby will contain the DNA of three people: the couple and their female donor.

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research, which is behind the studies for the technique, said that the “nuclear DNA is not altered, and so mitochondrial donation will not affect the child’s appearance, personality or any other features that make a person unique.” Rather, the purpose of the IVF procedure is to help prevent mitochondrial disease among infants, which can lead to serious problems such as heart disease, muscular distrophy or blindness.

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But during the debate in the House of Commons, some expressed hesitation over the medical advancement as they were concerned that it may cross ethical lines.

“[This] will be passed down for generations, [and] the implications of this simply cannot be predicted,” member of parliament Fiona Bruce of Congleton told her colleagues. “But one thing is for sure, once this alteration has taken place, as someone has said, once the genie is out of the bottle, once these procedures that we’re asked to authorize today go ahead, there will be no going back for society.”

Religious groups in the country have also expressed opposition. Brendan McCarthy of the Church of England told CNN this week that he believed approval of the practice is premature.

“[T]he law should not be changed until there has been further scientific study and informed debate into the ethics, safety and efficacy of mitochondrial replacement therapy,” he said.

Roman Catholics in England have likewise noted that there are “serious ethical objections to this procedure which involves the destruction of human embryos as part of the process.”

But on Tuesday, the UK House of Commons approved the IVF technique 382 to 128, sending the matter now to the House of Lords for consideration. If passed, the UK will be the first country in the world to approve the creation of “three parent babies.”

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  • Gary

    Why stop at three?

    • Why stop at humans? LOL
      Who wouldn’t want to give birth to a live goat-baby?

      • Terry Roll

        Then we can marry it cause gay marriage will lead to a slippery slope that ends in people marrying animals!

        • Then sacrifice it to satan. Maybe even eat it too. Hey YOLO amirite?

          • MattFCharlestonSC

            Yep. absolute favorite.

  • I wonder, if they have approved of it, then it must have been done already- which means at some point scientists were covertly manipulating human embryos. That alone is disturbing.

  • Fundisi

    Just because we can do something does not mean morally, ethically and spiritually we should do it; but when the scientific community sees itself as god and denies the existence of God, the degree of evil they will engage in is without limit.

    • dark477

      That makes no sense. if you can do something in science then you should.

      • Fundisi

        If we can create another Hitler or Stalin or Jeffery Damner we should?

        • dark477

          What do you mean by create?

          • Fundisi

            Artificially produce!

          • dark477

            Why not? They would just be the genetic duplicate of Hitler or Stalin they wouldn’t have their memories or personalities

      • So that means if I can microwave your brain from here…I should.

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        Oh, wait, your brain has already been microwaved.

        • MattFCharlestonSC

          You are my absolute favorite flavor of crazy.

        • dark477

          What possible scientific purpose would that serve?

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    They don’t create anything. They just destroy an existing DNA which is a distinguished person. May the Creator God bring justice upon the monstrous mankind.

    • Badkey

      So, the DNA from one person can make a baby?

      LOL!!! Wow…

      • Oboehner

        BBC News explains the first method: “Two eggs are fertilized with sperm, creating an embryo from the intended parents and another from the donors. The pronuclei, which contain genetic information, are removed from both embryos but only the parents’ are kept.

  • Badkey

    Very interesting!

  • Harry Oh!

    The seed of the serpent in action.

    • Creating bodies for the nephilim.
      I bet if you do a study years out from when these “children” are born, they will be the worst type of criminals. Just sayin’ they ain’t human and they won’t have souls.

  • bowie1

    Isn’t that what IVF is, where a third party is involved along with a husband and wife?

  • Lisa

    I wonder if the egg donor would be liable for child support? Or could they decide later on that they want to be in the kids life and be given custody? Custody arrangements between just 2 people is pretty hard sometimes, between 3…? I’m thinking of a couple of cases where a sperm donor was told he had to pay child support and I saw where a surrogate may have to pay child support. This is in the U S though and the parent went on welfare. The way Britain is now I could see them doing that too.

  • William Tyndale

    As a dual US-UK citizen and the child of English Methodist missionaries, I can speak with some authority in my observation that the once Mother Nation to all worldwide English speaking Christians is absolutely dead, (except for a small “remant” of the faithful), to the Christian Religion and Faith. Dead as a doornail.