Mail Order Baby Essay

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As modern technology continues to thrust forward, people are increasingly wondering which doors to open and which to leave closed. One of these technologies is a process called preimplantation genetic diagnosis or PGD. This technique is used to indentify genetic defects in embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) before pregnancy. One would assume that this is a seemingly positive step towards alleviating inherited illnesses. Others say that this type of genetic revolution is like opening Pandora’s Box. People have been known to go to great lengths to conceive a child. When push comes to shove, people will take advantage of whatever technology is available to produce offspring. However, who should regulate such technology? …show more content…
It was feared that there would be “human hatcheries” and the experiment was compared to the Frankenstein story. Yet today, IVF is a common practice and 4 percent of all babies are conceived through this procedure. This technology has lead to some of medicals other innovations like the little “frosties” or frozen embryos. The first babies born from those frozen embryos arrived in the mid-1980’s (Gosden 27). Egg donation became possible, then intracytoplamisc sperm injection (ICSI) and now embryos that can be genetically screened for diseases before being transferred to the womb. Have we become a society of eugenic consumerism? Yes. Eugenics translates to the Greek meaning “well born”. Reproduction is the most meaningful act of our moral existence, and the need to have children is deeply rooted in our psyche. What price are we willing to pay for a priceless child and to which lengths are we going to go to achieve that goal? Queen Victoria, the longest reigning monarch of England, had a silent sex-linked disorder we know today as hemophilia. When her granddaughter Alexandra married the Czar of Russia, Nicholas II and became pregnant, she gave her mutation to her son Alexis. He was the only legitimate heir to the Russian throne. Alexis often bled profusely and uncontrollably and Alexandra called upon the Russian Orthodox Church for help. The mother believed that she needed someone “Closer to God” to help intercede on the child’s

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