My ‘designer’ baby. Should we test our embryos or leave nature to take its own course?. Stephen Hawking. Hawking has a form of Motor Neuron Disease, a condition that has progressed over the years and has left him almost completely paralyzed.
Posted Mar 24, 2005
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Designer babies - the ethical debate
“The debate [around PGD] has been building since the late 1980s, when doctors at London's Hammersmith Hospital learned how to tease a cell from a 3-day-old embryo and study its chromosomes for gender.”
Removal of one cell for testing
Engineering 124; Spring 2003
“This information is helping parents choose which embryos they want--and which to reject as unhealthy, or merely undesirable.” (Zitner 2002)
Engineering 124; Spring 2003
… weighing the goal of pregnancy and live birth against the medical and moral risks of multiple gestation.
…requires society to make a decision on when life begins.
…using PGD inherently makes assumptions about
the quality of life, challenging basic tenets of
society such as equality.
“When having children, people…often roll the genetic dice and hope for the best. With embryo sorting, "they can start their pregnancy on Day One with a commitment to continuing it."
PGD can save parents massive heartbreak and financial strain
Address the view of the potential child
Will the child have adequate support and a stable home?
If there are multiple fetuses, will the children receive adequate care/attention?
“[PGD has] the goal of stopping deadly genetic diseases such as Tay-Sachs and Huntington’s. This research has growing support because it can save children from enormous suffering and early death.”
Some ethicists would be in favor of IVF and PGD as long as the decision is loving and promotes positive relationships.
Embryos are mass-produced, screened, discarded and used in experiments: are they products or people with rights?
I had a 'saviour sibling' to cure my desperately ill son - but now I've found out my newborn daughter can't save his life
Donna Zammit's first, tearful words to her husband Thomas after their baby daughter was born six weeks ago were: "I did this for Jamie.“
Strange words, but then baby Donatella was conceived with the primary intention of her becoming a "saviour sibling" to her nine-year-old brother Jamie, who suffers from the rare genetic blood disorder Fanconi anaemia.
Their unbridled optimism that Donatella might provide their son with a bone marrow transplant and in doing so save his life has been cruelly short-lived.