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Designer Children


       Claim:
While PGD has long been used for the medical purpose of averting life-threatening
diseases in children, the science behind it has quietly progressed to the point that it
could potentially be used to create designer babies.
Naik, Gautam. "A Baby, Please. Blond, Freckles -- Hold the Colic - WSJ.com." Business
News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal - Wsj.com. Web. 29 Sept. 2011.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123439771603075099.html


       Fact:
While many countries have banned the use of PGD for gender selection, it is
permitted in the U.S. In 2006, a survey by the Genetics and Public Policy Center at
Johns Hopkins University found that 42% of 137 PGD clinics offered a gender-
selection service.
Naik, Gautam. "A Baby, Please. Blond, Freckles -- Hold the Colic - WSJ.com." Business
News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal - Wsj.com. Web. 29 Sept. 2011.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123439771603075099.html

       Fact:

Germline gene therapy for therapeutic reasons would not only weed out genetic
traits for such inherited diseases such as down syndrome or hemophilia, but even
the predisposition to catch diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s later in life.
"Designer Children: The Future of Germline Gene Therapy." GoogoBits. Web. 29 Sept.
2011. http://www.googobits.com/articles/2986-designer-children-the-future-of-
germline-gene-therapy.html

       Claim:

They could order other traits such as intelligence, athletic ability, musical talent,
physical beauty, and so on. Millions of people could obtain a detailed genetic
readout of themselves, allowing them to gaze into their own biological futures
and predict and plan their lives in ways never before possible.
Naik, Gautam. "A Baby, Please. Blond, Freckles -- Hold the Colic - WSJ.com." Business
News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal - Wsj.com. Web. 29 Sept. 2011.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123439771603075099.html

      Fact:

Parents may choose to have their children gestated in artificial wombs outside the
human body.

Rosenberg, Steven. "Gene Transfer into Humans — Immunotherapy of Patients with
Advanced Melanoma, Using Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes Modified by Retroviral
Gene Transduction." The New England Journal of Medicine. 8 Feb. 2010. Web.
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199008303230904




Claim:
“My central concern is that children--perfect or imperfect, the product of choice or
destiny--receive unconditional love from their parents and equal opportunities in
society. Babies made by reproductive technology must be treated as ends in
themselves and not merely as means for fulfilling social or parental values. –Ted
Peters.
Peters, Ted. "Designer Children: The Market World of Reproductive Choice." Religion
Online. The Christian Century Foundation, 19 Oct. 2003. Web. 29 Sept. 2011.
http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=123



        Claim:
Perhaps I am a consequentialist, for I want an ethic that successfully places the love
of children first and foremost, an ethic that orients all other concerns regarding
reproductive technology or parental fulfillment toward this greater end, said by Ted
Peters.”
Peters, Ted. "Designer Children: The Market World of Reproductive Choice." Religion
Online. The Christian Century Foundation, 19 Oct. 2003. Web. 29 Sept. 2011.
http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=123

				
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