Three-parent embryos for mitochondrial disease? Twelve reasons for caution

The media is buzzing today with the news that Britain is planning to become the first country in the world to offer controversial ‘three-parent’ fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on mitochondrial diseases to their children (See BBC, Guardian, Times (£), Independent, Daily Mail and Telegraph).  The Department of Health announced yesterday that it would draw up draft guidelines to allow fertility clinics to offer the technique. The proposed guidelines would be released for public comment later this year, and Parliament would vote on a final version in 2014.  Scientists are currently researching two main three-parent IVF techniques. The first, being developed at Britain's Newcastle […]

Religious liberty and the regulatory road to serfdom

The verdict is out on whether or not religious organizations and institutions will be able to keep their non-profit status, their licenses to operate, and so on if they do not comply with ideologically driven government mandates regarding sexuality, marriage, religious hiring, end-of-life issues, and abortion.