Genetic Testing For Unborn Child Essay

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For decades doctors have been conducting prenatal genetics tests that show if the unborn child has any abnormalities. The results of these tests could cause parents to make hard decisions concerning their unborn child, such as abortion. New technology has provided an alternative for parents who are faced with unforeseen circumstances concerning their child. This technology allows them to change the coding of their child’s DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid, the genetic makeup of all living organisms) to avoid having diseases or disorders before they are born. Recently, there has been more cases of parents taking advantage of this new technology by altering the cosmetics of their unborn child. The new technology that is still being discovered is defined …show more content…
There have been cases where instead of selecting the embryos that don 't have a disorder, like deafness, patients want a child with it, “It found that 3 percent of the clinics surveyed had used genetic screening to enable parents to select an embryo for the presence of a particular disease or disability ... in order that the child would share that characteristic with the parents." (Poore). The parents reasoning for choosing to alter the embryo’s DNA is to "have a baby like us.” (Poore). Specifically choosing to change your child 's DNA to make them deaf is morally wrong, and changing a child 's DNA just to make them like you is a selfish act as a parent. There are other modifications that can be done to a child 's DNA other than medical conditions; a parent can decide to alter their embryo that is going through IVF to obtain desired traits such as blue eyes, blonde hair, athletic abilities, and in some cases a higher intelligence (Naff). By modifying the genes of a child, there is currently no way to foresee any possible side effects that can occur due to changing how one part of the DNA is …show more content…
Altering a unborn child’s DNA for cosmetics is ethically wrong and removes the diversity from society. With more parents changing their children’s DNA there becomes less of certain traits and creates more uniform in society, “...this may even lead to a major percentage of the human race being wiped out completely by some major disease.” (Thadani). With increased selection of characteristics, the amount of characteristics in the gene pool will become severely diminished. The amount of diversity in society would decrease and some traits would eventually disappear. Recently, there has been many cases about the altering of embryos during IVF. Not only is the altering of the DNA morally and ethically wrong, it is changing the baby in many different ways. Changing the makeup of an unborn child is highly advanced in technology, but just because it is possible to do doesn 't mean that it should be done. Technology has not progressed enough to determine what kind of consequences will be there when the baby is born if

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