Cabinet reaches compromise on embryo testing
Sources say committee of medical experts will be set up to make assessments on an individual basis.25 June 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Sources in the Dutch government say the cabinet has reached a compromise about an expansion of embryo testing during in vitro fertilisation at Maastricht University Medical Centre. A committee of medical experts will be set up to make assessments on an individual basis.
The controversy started in May when Labour Party Deputy Health Minister Jet Bussemaker sent a letter to parliament saying she would grant permission to carry out tests for certain forms of hereditary disease, including breast and intestinal cancers.
The Christian Union, the junior coalition partner, objected on the grounds that this violated a de facto moratorium on embryo testing.
The agreement to carry out testing on an individual basis allays the fears of the Christian Union since it guarantees that any expansion in embryo testing will be of a limited nature only.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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