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UK moves closer to 'three-parent babies' after historic vote

Britain has moved a step closer to becoming the first country to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three different people after MPs overwhelmingly backed new legislation.

MPs voted in favour of mitochondrial donation techniques by 382 to 128 in the historic Commons vote.

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Roman Catholic Church 'opposed on principle' to IVF change

The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has reiterated its opposition to mitochondrial donation after the vote.

Bishop John Sherrington, speaking for the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said:

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 ...

– Bishop John Sherrington

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