Physical And Personality Traits For A Child

1107 WordsApr 4, 20175 Pages
Imagine a woman walking into a fertility clinic. She has been trying to conceive for three years, and finally, a few healthy embryos have emerged. The doctor asks if she would like to pick the baby’s traits: healthy, blonde, fair-skinned, blue-eyed child with musical talent and an IQ equivalent to Einstein’s. Her request of having a disease- free child seems reasonable, but when she starts to pick physical characteristics, it feels as if the child is being bought just as one picks an American Girl Doll. However, choosing physical and personality traits for a child can be unethical as it can raise parental expectations, the use of genetic manipulation, and social issues. It already seems as if parents are pushing their children to be their…show more content…
Thus, after a certain point, these generations of designers babies may not be fully human. Additionally, Stephen Baird, a technology education teacher, tells us that “[t]ampering with the human genetic structure might actually have unintended and unpredictable consequences that could damage the gene pool” (1). Look at what happened with the overproduction and overuse of drugs: it brought about super resistant bugs like MRSA. Similarly, this type of genetic manipulation could bring a surge of new and unknown diseases that could possibly eradicate humanity. Moreover, there could be other unforeseen genetic disorders and eventually problems similar to inbreeding. Mapping for genes that can cause cancer, for example, and eradicating them makes sense and is socially beneficial. However, it can have social consequences. For instance, if a parent decides not to apply genetic modification and has a genetically, natural abnormal child such as one with Down 's Syndrome, then they may be criticized and ostracized by not following the trend of choosing a genetically modified baby. Those with disabilities will be discriminated against more heavily, and the elimination of these genes will “[. . .] lead to a decrease in services and treatments available for individuals with those disabilities. Given the potential discrimination and inequality issues that PGD may
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