Objection: Kills unborn human beings.

READ MORE: In both research and the procedures, genetic engineering of embryos kills unborn human beings.

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Genetic engineering kills unborn human beings, as does germline editing, because research involves the use of human embryos as subjects of experiments. At this time, all embryos are destroyed in the publicly reported and institutionally or legally regulated experiments.

Due to extreme enthusiasm for the possibilities of genetic engineering therapies, the deformation and killing of human embryos in research will explode over the next decades. The developed tools for these experiments are increasingly accurate in editing the correct genes, and they are inexpensive, allowing many new researchers and institutions to join others in research.

Currently, many countries’ laws and nearly all ethical guidelines by scientists’ associations and government agencies insist that genetically engineered embryos be destroyed without implantation in a woman’s uterus. Uncertainty about the consequences of tampering with human genes is driving a temporary preference for caution. Nearly all of these entities, however, express enthusiasm for research on embryos and later application of the resulting therapies.

The research involved in developing just one useful genetic engineering therapy is enormous and demands many experiments. Determining how to generate the desired effects from genetic engineering is, in most cases, extremely complex. Predicting and learning to avoid other significant effects of editing certain genes is a painstaking process that is probably impossible in achieving certainty. These factors create an incentive for researchers to experiment on and extensively kills unborn human beings.

The genetic engineering therapies intended to produce born children whose genetic characteristics have been altered will generally make use of IVF (in vitro fertilization). IVF almost always results in the destruction, freezing, or experimentation on multiple embryos.

The practice of IVF involves combining a father’s sperm with a woman’s eggs to conceive multiple human embryos in a laboratory. Based on test results, the preferred embryo will be selected. In genetic engineering procedures, the preferred embryo’s genes will be edited to remove unwanted characteristics or enhance others. It will then be implanted in a woman’s uterus so it grows and is eventually born.

It is theoretically possible to conceive just one embryo and then genetically edit it, but this process would forego the opportunity in IVF to compare several embryos and pick the preferred one. Since IVF with multiple embryos is currently used widely, IVF with just one embryo is unlikely.

Over 7 million IVF cycles have been initiated since 1978. If three embryos on average are destroyed or frozen in these IVF cycles, there may be over 21 million casualties of IVF. This will increase significantly when genetic engineering of embryos becomes common.

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Christian teaching on the dignity of unborn human beings.
Christian teaching on killing and murder.
Jesus’ commandment to love.