British Heart Foundation Funds Embryo Destructive Research

Bioethics   |   John Smeaton   |   Dec 22, 2011   |   5:07PM   |   London, England

SPUC has re-launched its information on charities as an online index, with new entries and updated information added as and when new information is received. Today’s charity is the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

In a letter SPUC dated 22 October 2010, Betty McBride, BHF’s director of policy and communications, said that the BHF:

  • currently funds more than £12 million of stem cell research using both embryonic and adult stem cells. SPUC comment: Human embryos are human beings from the moment of their conception (fertilisation or an analogous form of creation such as cloning). Removing stem cells from them abuses and usually kills them.
  • does not have a policy on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) but added that the more “…we learn about the genetic causes of cardiovascular disease, it may become possible for PGD to be used.”
  • does not fund research into prenatal diagnosis of disability or provide advice on where such tests can be obtained
  • funds training for ultrasonographers who undertake foetal scans in early pregnancy to identify congenital heart disease. SPUC comment: One possible purpose of discovering heart disease in the unborn is to enable parents to choose to abort their affected child. Note: John Smeaton is the director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), a leading pro-life group in the UK.