The public was assured this sort of thing wouldn't happen. But it should be no surprise. Human life at all stages has lost value because we have lost our vision of God as the author of life. Science now sees itself as god and anything science can do, it believes it should do.
Aldous Huxley wrote of this in Brave New World, and the movie Coma deals with some of these issues. Did we really think we could take over the decision about when human life begins and ends and that we would be able to control the outcome? Remember Dr. Frankenstein and the monster he created? That was fiction. The creation of human beings in the lab for experimentation is the stuff of Nazi Germany, and, like them, this is reality.