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Paradox of Outlawing Eugenic Embryo Implantation but OK Eugenic Abortion



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The European Court of Human Rights has a point about Italy's policy that outlaws only implanting healthy embryos.  From the Yahoo story:

The European rights court Tuesday condemned Italy for its ban on screening embryos for genetic conditions, saying its laws leave couples wanting to avoid passing on diseases little room for manoeuvre. The condemnation from the European Court of Human Rights relates to the case of an Italian couple, both carriers of cystic fibrosis, who were blocked from using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to select embryos that were not affected by the condition. According to the Strasbourg-based court, the case highlights "the incoherence of the Italian legislative system that bans the implantation of only healthy embryos while allowing the abortion of foetuses with genetic conditions."

Of course, perhaps rather than permitting the one, it might be better to prevent the other.


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