German parliament considers three bills on preimplantation genetic diagnosis

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2473
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

Three proposals for a new law on preimplantation genetic diagnosis have been introduced in Germany’s Bundestag, with one of the proposals calling for a ban and two others allowing it in certain circumstances. At present the law in Germany is unclear.

No German political party has taken a stand on the issue, instead allowing party members in the lower house to vote according to their conscience. Before the first readings of the three proposed bills on 14 April, 192 of the 622 members of the Bundestag had signed a motion supporting a complete ban.

A total of 215 …

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