Three-person embryo law voted on
4th February 2015
History was made this week after MPs voted in favour of permitting babies to born of three parents.
In a vote of 382 to 128, MPs voted in the House of Commons to pass a law that now permits babies to be made through IVF treatment using biological material from two mothers and a father to help prevent the passing on of genetic diseases.
While a further vote is needed in the House of Lords, those who hold permanent solicitor jobs and other such roles will be taking note of this progressive step in the law. Should the second vote see the law passed, the first of such babies could be born as early as next year; in fact ministers have described it as "light at the end of a dark tunnel" for families, as reported by the BBC.
Answering critics, Prime Minister David Cameron said of the vote, “We're not playing god here, we're just making sure that two parents who want a healthy baby can have one.”
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