A group of 15 mostly European academics and bioethicists
has released a signed statement declaring their belief that
it would be ethically acceptable to create genetically modified
children, provided the procedure was "safe and effective."
The statement grew out of a conference on inheritable genetic
modification held in Brussels in early December and sponsored
by the International Forum on Biophilosophy. The statement declares,
"No interpretation of human dignity has been identified
that stands in the way of the development of IGM."
The press release announcing the statement (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-12/sari-ess121302.php)
was issued by the Science and Religion Information Service.
The director of SRIS, Brent Waters, is the author of Reproductive
Technology: Towards a Theology of Procreative Stewardship
(Darton Longman & Todd Ltd, 2001). The organization's web
site states that it is funded by the John Templeton Foundation,
which has also underwritten other projects that seek to promote
a religious and ethical framework that would embrace human genetic
For more information on the promotion of the new
eugenics, see http://www.genetics-and-society.org/politics/promoencouraging.html