Dr. Aznar expressed his objections to the request that would authorize the creation of âmedicinal babies,â saying that âindependently of the fact that human embryos can never be used for an end that is not for their own good, I believe this technique has an additional difficult, that of the destruction of healthy embryos.â.- Responding to the recent decision by the National Committee for Assisted Reproduction in Spain to request legal authorization for the creation of âbabies a la carte,â the head of the Biopathology Department of Faith Hospital in Valencia, Justo Aznar, said âan embryo can never be used for an end that is not for its own good.â
Aznar warned that, in addition to proposing the creation of embryos to be used as donors of cells and tissues (âmedicinal babiesâ), the report seeks to modify regulations governing the number of embryos that created and implanted and obtain authorization to use frozen embryos left over from in vitro fertilizations for medical experiments.
In regards to the problem of frozen embryos in Spain, Aznar said the proposed law, as it has been drafted, âis not going to resolve this problemâ since âthe numerous exceptions that have been introduced to allow the creation or implantation of more than three embryos makes the law practically ineffective at preventing the excessive creation of embryos which afterwards will be frozen.â
âNeither will it prevent multiple fertilizations, leading to embryo reduction, which simply ends the life of âextraâ embryos from these multiple pregnancies,â he added.
Likewise Aznar expressed his disagreement with the Governmentâs intention to facilitate research with human embryos, âsince that will open the possibility for them to be used as material for experiments, something totally incompatible with their human dignity.â