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One of the hottest topics in bioethics today is the issue of “genetic orphans” – children created from gametes from anonymous donors. Supporters of anonymous donation find it hard to understand the distress of the children. However, a verdict this week in an Argentine court shows the power of genetic ties.
The former president of Argentina, Jorge Rafael Videla, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in abducting infants from their mothers and adopting them out to military families. As he is 86 and already serving a life sentence for other crimes against humanity, he is likely to die behind bars.