Ethical Ethics Of Designer Babies

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Imagine yourself going to your doctor’s office to get checked up; she hands you a papers and you start checking off what you want green eyes, blond hair, artistic, female and so on. Just like getting to build your own Barbie doll. Congratulations, you’ve designed your image of a perfect child. Parents have the tendency to want what is best for their children. They want them to be in a perfect condition. Designer babies have become a solution, to create something perfect. Even though designer babies can be used to create a parent’s perfect child, many still have concerns. Designer babies can either be helpful or harmful; however, research has only shown designer babies having negative effects on our society and major risk factors on a child …show more content…
This damage will be to the baby being designed and society being affected by the outcome of this process. In most cases, it is unethical to destroy embryos, enhance looks, abilities, and society, and create a healthy baby to save another. Parents will go to extreme measures to make sure that their children are health and well off. However, In the process of creating a designer baby unwanted embryos are destroyed and the technology used is not risk free. "One way to make a designer baby begins with an embryo created by in vitro fertilization (IVF). Genetic engineers modify the embryo’s DNA and then introduce it into a womb (Agar 1)." Agar states that just the IVF cost at least $2500. This process was originally used for a couple that could not have a child on their own. Now this process is used to create a couples perfect child, also known as a designer baby. In order to create a designer baby, a couple must go through the process on in vitro fertilization to create twelve embryos that will be tested. The unethical part of this process is the death or destruction of the unwanted eleven embryos. It is immoral to destroy eleven …show more content…
Gregory Stock, who is in favor of choosing our genes, states, " They are thinking not to simple therapy to avoid particular diseases, but intentions aimed to actually improve (at least in their eyes) a child 's beauty, intelligence, strength, altruism, and other qualities" (Stock 502). Stock is stating that even thought the technology was first made to help prevent diseases now it can be used to make a perfect child. Stock continues in his article to state that finding something to prevent cancer and heart disease is great by why not use it to elongate someone 's life. This is comparing something terminal to the want to prevent aging. Medical technology was made to help the weak get stronger, not make the strong even stronger. This process of allowing parents to enhance the looks and abilities of their child will cause a lot of problem. Most people will seek smarts and good looks which ultimately mean that everyone will be relatively similar. This will cause a loss of diversity because everyone will be similar. Stock states that yes there will be the loss of diversity, but that is not the big issue. In an article by Julian Savulescu she writes about a deaf couple that deliberately wanted their child to be deaf. To the couple being deaf was not a disability, but something to be proud of. Now in medical terms someone who

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