This week is designated as the 'Week for Life' and therefore several events were held in the European Parliament. This Wednesday, under the auspices of Slovak MEP Branislav Škripek, there was an international conference titled "Gift of Life or artificial perfection." Co-organizers were ECPM, CARE for Europe and New Women for Europe.
The topic was chosen intentionally, in response to a legislative act adopted in the UK. This act allows three or four parents IVF. Before the adoption of this law, many MEPs, including Branislav Škripek, wrote a letter to the British prime minister and the UK parliament to not approve this law in which one child will have three or more parents. Unfortunately the law was still adopted. Nevertheless, it is important to discuss this law and therefore Branislav Škripek organized this forum.
Mr Škripek introduced the event by saying: "We now live lives that can be described as nice and pleasant. On the other hand, we reject what is sick, imperfect, ugly and old. As if the current status of mankind is the perfect idea of life and we do everything possible to resemble this distorted view all over the world.” Škripek continued: "This attitude, in fact, does not respect life, but we try to "artificially " change it according to our liking. And thanks to technical progress, unfortunately, it proved to be possible. "
An invitation to the debate was given to prominent experts. One of them was professor of bioethics and medical law at St. Mary University of London - Dr. Trevor Stammers.
In his speech he focused on the explanation of the principle of "in vitro fertilization" techniques with genetic information from three or four parents. It is actually an experiment; no one knows what will happen. Supporters of this technique argue that it is necessary to prevent the transmission of diseases from mother to child. But Dr. Trevor Stammers opposed: "It isn't true that by this we prevent genetic diseases among newly born children. The reason is that not all genetic diseases are derived from the mother.” Similarly, we cannot predict what harm to embryos develops within the life of the child. This can cause other medical conditions. "There are a lot of questions on genetic engineering, on which we do not know the answer. At the same time, this technique is indirectly circumventing the ban on cloning.” Finally, Dr. Stammers said: "The worst thing is that, although we do not know far-reaching consequences, this experiment has been approved in the UK."
Other speakers were Marie-Véronique de Lespinay (New Women for Europe) and Leo van Doesburg (ECPM).