MPs vote yes for 3 person babies
Yesterday MPs voted in favour of the creation of babies using DNA from three people. This huge leap forward in medical science will mean that we can prevent genetic illnesses being passed from parent to child.
In a free vote in the Commons, 382 MPs were in favour and 128 against the technique that stops genetic diseases being passed from mother to child. This will make the UK the first country to allow the creation of babies from three people and gives numbers of families the chance to have healthy babies.
However the decision comes with many ethical debates with people feeling that this decision will allow science free reign to meddle with nature.
We asked our panel to tell us if they thought the government were right to pass such a law and if they thought it was ethically right to create a baby using three people’s DNA.
The panel members seemed to be torn on this difficult debate with many unsure as to how they felt about the issue. They could see both the positives and negatives that could come out of the law passing.
“I find it really hard to make a decision about this one.” (Erica, 48, Hornchurch)
“This is a really strange one because it’s new and anyone is going to be opposed to something as radical and new as this.” (Katt, 33, Chester)
“I think it’s a good thing that people can have children without any genetic diseases but do we really know what happens when we combine three people’s DNA?” (Kelly, 31, Bury)
Others felt more strongly opposed to the idea of creating a baby from three people and felt that it was quite a controversial decision. Many felt that reproduction should be left to nature and were worried about the consequences of mixing three people’s DNA.
“I don’t think that MPs should have voted in favour and i’m actually appalled that they have. This opens the door to some really bad places we go as a country, it’s a really slippery slope.” (Philip, 26, Wallsend)
“I absolutely think that this move is wrong, ethically and morally. I believe they are going to be trying to play God and I don’t think anyone can possibly guess at the consequences.” (Elizabeth, 32, Sherborne)
Some of the panel also felt that the number effected by this law would be quite small and thought that there must be other ways around the problem instead of interfering with nature.
“We need natural selection just to keep the population down.” (Christopher, 35, Westcliff-on-Sea)
“I really don’t think this is right. It seems a bit strange, 3 people’s DNA to make a baby.” (Jennifer, 33, Manchester)
“The reason I don’t agree with this is because I don’t think we should meddle in things like this.” (Clare, 30, Manchester)
Felt that it was a good idea
Other panel members felt that this law was an exciting and pioneering time for science that was able to provide a solution to couples who carried genetic illnesses.
“It could be extremely beneficial and it’s certainly world leading and I commend them for that.” (Jennifer, 31, London)
“It’s a whole new science that prevents genetic illnesses being passed from mother to child. It’s sort of medicine in a way.” (Jennifer, 31, London)
“I think it’s great that they are able to solve the problem for women who can’t give birth due to diseases.” (Apple, 20, Aylesbury)