“IVF with three parents” turned down by the Council of Europe

Publié le : 18 October 2013

 On 3 October 2013, 34 parliamentarians and Member State representatives for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) signed a declaration in which they denounced the practice of "three-parent embryos". This declaration was made following the green light recently given by the British Government to initiate a Parliamentary debate on the use of "Three Parent IVF" by couples (Gènéthique press reviews of July 7th, 2013).  For these 34 members of PACE including 8 British members, this practice is "eugenic" and contravenes several international agreements.  

In fact, UNESCO’s universal Declaration on human genomes and human rights states that, "germ-line interventions" could be considered "contrary to human dignity" (Article 24). According to Article 13 of the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine: "An intervention seeking to modify the human genome may only be undertaken for preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and only if its aim is not to introduce any modification in the genome of any descendants."
Although this declaration from 34 Parliamentarians does not bind the Council of Europe and its 318-strong Parliamentary Assembly, it could nevertheless be included on the debate schedule.

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