By Alex Temblador
Three-person baby? Yes, you read that right.
Scientists in Britain have declared a new IVF technique safe for women and babies and it would involve DNA from three different people.
This technique arose in the hopes to allow women with horrific genetic diseases to be able to have a healthy child without the possibility of passing on the genetic disease to their offspring. Essentially, the process would involve three parents — a sperm from a male, plus two eggs, where the egg from the mother with the diseased mitochondrial DNA would be replaced with healthy mitochondria from a donated egg of another woman.
This new process is currently under consideration in Britain and if it is approved, the first baby of the “three-parent” IVF technique could be born by the end of next year.
Though the technique was created in the hopes of helping women with genetic diseases to be able to have healthy children of their own, the possibilities of this new IVF technique could be very impacting to the LGBT community.
It could essentially allow same-sex couples the possibility of being genetically related to their children, thereby negating any legal jurisdiction or discrimination associated with same-sex couples having children. For instance, it could mean the end of second-parent adoptions as both parents would genetically be related to their children.
The process is still far from being enacted in the U.S. but such a technique could give hope to many prospective parents.
Alex Temblador is a writer for The Next Family and the founder of an inspirational blogazine for women, Fempotential.com.