Student Worksheet

To accompany ‘Couple welcome MPs’ vote’






From the Video

1. To which country did the Whitaker family travel to undergo PGD?

2. When Jamie was born, what was taken from him in order to help Charlie?


Thinking Deeper

  1. The Whitakers have been accused of having a ‘designer baby’. Do you think this is a valid criticism? Why or why not?
  2. Give TWO arguments for and TWO arguments against saviour siblings
  3. After the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) banned the Whitakers from having pre-implantation genetic diagnosis in the UK, they chose ‘fertility tourism’ and travelled overseas to get the treatment they required for Charlie. Give TWO arguments for and TWO arguments against ‘fertility tourism’

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