Doctors screened out from the woman’s embryos an inherited gene that would have left the baby with a greater than 50% chance of developing the cancer.
The woman decided to have her embryos screened because her husband had tested positive for the gene and his sister, mother, grandmother and cousin have all had the cancer.
The couple produced 11 embryos, of which five were found to be free from the gene. Two of these were implanted in the woman’s womb and she is now 14 weeks pregnant.
By screening out embryos carrying the gene, called BRCA-1, the couple, from London, will eliminate the hereditary disease from their lineage.
Dawn Eden writes that British Docs are saying breast-cancer patients should never be born. My own mother died from breast cancer so I am well aware of the suffering that comes from this disease, but this is not only the wrong approach it is an evil approach.
There is another tragedy here that society just totally ignores. Eleven persons were created. Six persons were killed for not being good enough. Three were presumably put into cold storage to more than likely to also be killed some day. Two embryos get a chance to continue living with the hope that just one survives. This is so callous and cruel that it just drives me to prayer. Dawn Eden also writes:
There is a difference, and I am afraid we may find out about it too late. Unless good people speak up, insurance companies will continue to pressure doctors to pressure women to undergo procedures such as this, as with preimplantation genetic diagnosis for Down syndrome and other conditions that would be costly to treat. In time, those women who do have breast cancer or other “eliminable” hereditary diseases may come to be seen as “useless eaters.”
It won’t be long before the movie Gattaca is no longer a cautionary tale, but a reality. The Eugenicists are back and this time they will be supported by the insurance companies.