In a controversial move, the German Parliament has come to a decision on a debate that's been ongoing for a while: they have given the OK to genetically test embryos that are going to be used for in vitro fertilization!
This means that doctors can test the embryo for genetic disorders before they implant it into the womb, but on a case by case basis:
Under the law approved Thursday, an ethics commission will have to decide on a case-by-case basis whether couples can use the procedure.
A large minority of lawmakers had favored a total ban on the practice, with some saying even limited permission for genetic selection set a bad precedent.
"This is about variety: do we want to allow it in our society?" asked Katrin Goering-Eckardt of the opposition Greens, one of those advocating a ban.
That's an interesting thought about variety, but, not everyone is going to be allowed to do it. Only those that have an extreme history of defects:
"I am firmly convinced that we should not choose to close our eyes to how we can use modern medicine appropriately to support and help these long-suffering families."
We agree with that!
We'd be a little less for it if, say, everyone could do it on a whim or if it were required for those trying to get preggers. But it isn't, so we aren't.
Let's hope this helps some people out!
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