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Resolution Number: 2003-A012
Title: Adopt Guidelines for Genetic Testing and Reproductive Technology
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred as Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That the 74th General Convention reaffirm that children are entrusted to us as gifts from God to be nurtured toward maturity. Therefore:

  • Genetic testing of children can be an important part of parental responsibility, and may be carried out if it is clearly in the child's best interests to be tested;
  • Treatment for genetic diseases and the use of somatic gene transfer therapies may be used if they are proven safe and effective;
  • New genetic techniques may be used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization to avoid procreation of human beings with clearly serious disorders of their DNA or chromosomes;
  • It is not morally acceptable to use reproductive cloning, and it is therefore morally irresponsible for physicians, scientists, and prospective parents to engage in it.
Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, 2003 (New York: General Convention, 2004), p. 209.