Lead researcher Professor Doug Turnbull told the Sun newspaper, “What we’ve done is like changing the battery on a laptop.”
Josephine Quintavalle, a British pro-life advocate who heads the group CORE, told the newspaper she opposes the destructive process, saying, “”They are creating a child with two mothers. We have to find better ways to cure diseases.”
Officials with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children also responded and told LifeNews.com scientists should stop killing and abusing human beings in experiments.
“None of the 80 or more embryos created by the Newcastle team were allowed to live,” Anthony Ozimic, SPUC’s communications manager, commented. “Each of those embryos were members of the human family, with a right to life equal to those of the scientists who killed them. Human life begins at conception. Any grounds for denying human rights to human embryos are arbitrary and self-serving.”
“Creating embryonic children in the laboratory abuses them, by subjecting them to unnatural processes. As with IVF and cloning, this mitochondrial technique may well lead to developmental abnormalities,” he added.
Ozimic said, “Scientists should respect human life and pursue ethical alternatives which are much more likely to be successful in the long-term.”
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