Statement on Mitochondrial Donation following the vote in Parliament

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Statement from Bishop John Sherrington on behalf of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales (following the vote in Parliament)

“Despite the genuine and considerable concerns of many people, the decision of Parliament is clear on this issue. Whilst the Church recognises the suffering that mitochondrial diseases bring and hopes that alternative methods of treatment can be found, it remains opposed on principle to these procedures where the destruction of human embryos is part of the process. This is about a human life with potential, arising from a father and a mother, being used as disposable material. The human embryo is a new human life with potential; it should be respected and protected from the moment of conception and not used as disposable material.”


Statement on Mitochondrial Donation Pre Vote