Genetic testing of embryos to become legal in Germany

25 July 2011

The German government has voted for the most liberal of the three options under consideration (see previous news), despite widespread concern that it is an affront to the dignity of human embryos and could reduce social acceptance of disability. However, the chosen option is hardly reckless; the ethical safeguards to be put in place and the restriction of the use of PGD only to the most serious medical conditions mean that the technique will be used rarely and only in a careful and considered way to prevent suffering. Moreover, this avoids recourse to termination of pregnancy, which is already legal in such circumstances. 

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