Moral Status Of Leftover Embryos

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Register to read the introduction… PGD is generally considered a more desirable alternative to testing and selectively terminating an already established pregnancy. Moral dilemmas may stem from the individual’s perception of the moral status of the embryo, the need to rank genetic conditions by “seriousness,” or concerns regarding future consequences on society if the use of PGD becomes widespread. In the China example, this has caused a society that has more than 1.1M boys question the moral right and a population seriously unbalanced, causing future problems for this society. The question of what to do with these leftover embryos presents a moral dilemma to individuals who feel that pre-implantation embryos deserve some degree of human rights (Hershberger & Pierce 2010). Since information about the genetic status of the leftover embryos with known genetic mutations has different moral status, or they may feel that the benefit of avoiding fatal childhood diseases outweighs the harm of discarding the leftover embryos. However, some may feel that a less serious disease does not warrant the destruction of the unused embryo. There is no clear line that separates conditions that relate to health and those that do not, and many individuals worry about the “slippery slope:” that accepting PGD for certain uses may lead to its acceptance for …show more content…
beneficence. One can argue both sides for and against gender selection. However there is the balance that society, government, physicians and patients must strike in considerations of selecting the gender of the baby. Both autonomy and beneficence has its place in this decision. Patients consult doctors for medical advice on diagnosis that they may not have information on. But does predetermination fall in this category? Because many of the root cause of the decision is for personal reasons based on their family personal situation not for a genetic linked diseases. One of the main conflicts arises when the personal decision of the patient does not align with the physician’s beneficent duty to look out for the patient’s well-being. For example, a patient who has had a stroke may want to continue smoking or a patient that has been diagnosed with pneumonia may refuse antibiotics. Although it is difficult, as long as the patient in this case the parents understand the decision they are making are without false expectations, then the doctor must honor the wishes of the family. The physician must feel confident that the patient can make decisions based on mental capacity. The parents must make decisions that are consistent with their values and use logical reasoning on gender selection. They truly need to understand their choice will affect their family lives forever. A doctor can decide that they wish not to

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