But not the way you think,,,,,
This is one of those random posts that really does not stick to my normal category of topics, although it does fall into Healthcare in a roundabout sort of way. Which, if anyone follows me knows that is part of who I am and some of my posts fall into that category.
My crazy life exposes me to all types of people – from one end of the spectrum to the other and A LOT in between. I recently met the acquaintance of a lady who shocked me with something that I never thought I would encounter. Selecting physical characteristics of one of her children through genetic selection.
Disclaimer – I am not arguing for or against in this blog post. I have particular beliefs but I will not share those. This is for discussion only.
Some basic research into this topic, which some of it I was aware of, lead me to the process of in vetro fertilization (IVF), and from what I can conclude with my limited knowledge of the topic, is where this all originates. The use of IVF has been used for a number of years to assist with couples struggling to conceive naturally. I know a few couples that have done this – not a big deal to me really until we start doing things like selecting sex, eye color, or hair color. That, in my humble opinion is starting to cross the line.
The acquaintance that revealed to me that she had engaged in selecting the sex, eye color, and hair color of her newborn did so for reasons NOT related to difficulty conceiving. I really was not aware that selecting physical characteristics of your children was that common. I had heard of it, most notably a few celebrities that were quite proud of the fact that they slighted nature to select the sex of their children. Okay, I just shake my head at that and say to myself “celebrities, no wonder things are so messed up”. But, selecting physical characteristics of a newborn purely for selfish reasons and preference – I really struggle with doing that.
So, let’s open this up for some good discussion with some of the obvious questions. It may all be wasted effort, as it sounds like if you have the cash you can get it,,,,,but should we??
- What do you think?
- Should we be doing this, even for those struggling with fertility?
- Are we messing where it is not our place to mess?
- As things progress and we can select other traits – athleticism, intelligence, or other talents, should we even try?
- What about genetic alteration to prevent disease? Should we?
- What if you make a selection and it does not turn out as expected? Do you love the child or leave it? Does it change your opinion of the child?
I am including a couple fairly recent articles I searched to get myself more familiar with the topic. Oddly enough, there is not that much recent information, AND I did not find much on the selection of physical characteristics other than sex.
Regardless of what you believe, this topic poses some very hard, ethical challenges that I struggle with. What are your thoughts?
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