BERLIN. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wins over her call for a ban on genetic testing on embryos in trouble with the coalition partners. "For the FDP can I exclude a strict prohibition of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)," FDP General Secretary Christian Lindner said in an interview with Handelsblatt. Lindner regrets "that the Chancellor honors as a scientist, the chances of this method is not stronger."
Chancellor Merkel spoke out on the weekend for a ban on PGD. "In my view we should not allow pre-implantation diagnosis," Merkel said at the weekend at a congress of the Youth Union in Potsdam. You think it is impossible to draw a distinction between a serious genetic disease, and a not so serious defect.
The FDP General Secretary stressed, however, that in this ethical question authority and competence of the Chancellor border. "When children’s wishes fulfilled by the PID, while serious genetic defects before implantation in the uterus can be prevented, then it is ethically appropriate", Lindner said the Handelsblatt.
The Federal Minister for Family and CDU politician Kristina Schroeder had already expressed skepticism at a recent general prohibition of tests. They would consider it a contradiction that prohibit a pair on the one hand the test, late abortions through the ninth month, but in certain specified circumstances.
Even Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger rejects a ban on genetic screening of embryos prior to implantation in the womb. The policy could not require women without investigation can be used embryos with severe genetic damage, which later entitled to an abortion. They therefore consider it questionable, difficult to deny couples the chance predisposed to a genetic examination of the embryo, the politician a few weeks ago.
Prompted by a ruling of the Federal Court. The judges, in July clear that the review of embryos for genetic defects and the subsequent separation of embryos is allowed in Germany. The PID is contrary contrary to popular opinion are not against the Embryo Protection Act, the court ruled.
The Supreme Court thus confirmed the acquittal of the Berlin gynecologist Matthias Bloechle. The doctor had examined in 2005 and 2006, three pairs of genetic defects and the embryos implanted in consultation with the parents only inconspicuous.
In all cases, one of the partners had identified genetic loads. The doctor turned himself in order to allow a court to create clarity in the legal gray zone.