Last week Dutch Secretary of State for Health Jet Bussemaker wanted to see pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and embryo-selection made legal in relation to the identification of serious hereditary cancers carrying a high mortality risk. When cancer gens would be detected in the embryo, it would be allowed to abort the pregnancy. Later on Bussemaker was forced by a Christian Party, part of three governing coalition parties at this moment, to withdraw this proposal. Now, the parliament has to decide whether to accept this proposal or not.
The objection of Christian Party is: no matter how small the embryo is, it is a life growing in a woman’s womb. One can not eliminate the pregnancy by executing pre-implantation genetic diagnostic. On the other side, women with hereditary breast cancers would love to see this proposal passes the parliament. They see this as chance to be able to have healthy children, to spare their unborn children of being severely sick. And how about this scenario, a woman wants a child so badly, she can not get pregnant on a natural way, she ondergoes an IVF. Then the embryo selection comes in the picture, which step does she takes? Ok, I imagine when this regulation would be legalized, it is a woman herself to decide what to with the pregnancy.
For me, this is a dilemma. I have an impression that Dutch Politicians want the extent to which life can be affected by government policies. I mean, how do women with hereditary cancers know in advance whether they unborn daughters will also suffer from breast or even cervic cancer? It is not that I undermine the technology & genetic studies, ok preventing is better than healing but still as an Asian I believe in a life path. What do you think about this matter?