The United Kingdom’s House of Commons just voted in favor of the creation of a baby via In Vitro Fertilization by three people, they would become the first country to introduce such laws.
As reported by an article on the BBC News website, ministers stated that the technique was "light at the end of a dark tunnel" for families.
It is not law yet in the UK — a further vote is required in the House of Lords. But if the bills pass in the House of Lords (wow, they think highly of themselves, do they not?), the first such baby could be born in 2016.
Per BBC News, proponents said the backing was "good news for progressive medicine," but critics say they will continue to fight against the technique that they say raises too many ethical and safety concerns.
The BBC article reported that the Prime Minister of the UK David Cameron stated, "We're not playing god here, we're just making sure that two parents who want a healthy baby can have one."
The reason of this procedure, they say, is to help parents who have genetic disorders that could be passed to their children.
An example stated in the BBC article was of a women who lost all seven of her children to mitochondrial disease.
The technique uses a modified version of IVF to combine the DNA of the two parents with the healthy mitochondria of a donor woman.
The scientist say it would result in babies with only 0.1 percent of their DNA from the second woman and is a permanent change that would be passed down through the generations.
What are the legal and ethical challenges you see here?
Is the third parent allowed to also raise the child?
Is the third parent financially responsible for the child?
How would you, as a child born in this matter, react when you reach adulthood?
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