PRESS RELEASE FROM THE MEDICAL ETHICS ALLIANCE 5/10/00

The Alliance deplores the circumstances surrounding the birth of a child for
transplant purposes.

Commenting on reports that a baby was born after IVF after the embryo was first selected to be free of the genetic markers of Fanconi`s Anaemia and also of a tissue type compatible with the sibling with the disease, the Alliance cannot reconcile this with human dignity.

Any child is of inestimable value in themselves and cannot be a utility or
born for the biological advantage of another. The way in which the child was selected in his embryonic life and the purpose for which he was conceived ,whatever the outcome of a bone marrow donation that may follow ,does not do justice to his essential dignity or the dignity of his conception and birth.

All children are the equal of their parents and siblings before God and man
and may never be instruments for the interests of others.

Medical Ethics Alliance