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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Design vs destruction

The increased availablilty of pre-natal customization is going to raise a number of interesting moral and legal questions, some which are going to be quite uncomfortable for those who still cling to the unscientific and illogical myth that an unborn child is a subhuman life form sans even the right to life:

The Fertility Institutes recently stunned the fertility community by being the first company to boldly offer couples the opportunity to screen their embryos not only for diseases and gender, but also for completely benign characteristics such as eye color, hair color, and complexion. The Fertility Institutes proudly claims this is just the tip of the iceberg, and plans to offer almost any conceivable customization as science makes them available. Even as couples from across the globe are flocking in droves to pay the company their life’s savings for a custom baby, opponents are vilifying the company for shattering moral and ethical boundaries. Like it or not, the era of designer babies is officially here and there is no going back.

As with the problem of inordinate inclination to abort female children in India and China, it should be morbidly amusing to witness the contortions of anti-modification abortion advocates as they attempt to simultaneously argue that it should be illegal to modify an unborn child to your liking, but legal to kill it.

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