The other woman: Evaluating the language of ‘three parent’ embryos

Jones, David Albert (2015) The other woman: Evaluating the language of ‘three parent’ embryos. Clinical Ethics, 10 (4). pp. 97-106. ISSN 1477-7509

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The British Parliament has recently approved regulations to allow techniques ‘to prevent the transmission of serious mitochondrial disease from a mother to her child’. The regulations term these techniques ‘mitochondrial donation’, but in the popular media, the issue has been discussed under the heading of ‘three parent’ babies or ‘three parent’ embryos. This paper examines the language of the debate, with particular reference to one of the techniques approved. It concludes that the terminology of ‘mitochondrial donation’ is scientifically inaccurate and ethically misleading, while the popular media description of ‘three parent’ embryos is broadly accurate, at least for one technique. This latter phrase also has the great merit, from an ethical perspective, of drawing attention to the ‘other woman’, the egg donor. She takes risks with her health in order to provide the egg which supplies the body of the embryo. Without her, this embryo simply would not exist.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 111 Ontology
100 Philosophy & psychology > 170 Ethics
100 Philosophy & psychology > 176 Ethics of sex & reproduction
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: David Jones
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 13:24
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 13:32


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