My pal L. just shared this article with me and wanted to know what I thought.
And this is what I think:
1.) Testing eggs or chromosomal abnormalities and viability seems to make a helluva a lot of sense to me. I mean, why wouldn't you?
2.) Anyone that takes the leap from there to "Both procedures would, in theory, allow embryos to be discarded or pregnancies to be terminated for a matter as trivial as height or eye color" Has never ever ever had a conversation with someone trying to conceive. Never even thought to speak with someone who needs ART to even contemplate being able to conceive.
I think I speak for everyone when I say we want one thing: a live baby that we can take home and love.
[and here's where I mumble, you dumb ass motherfu......]
It continually astonishes me that we are so willing to judge other's, when we have no idea what it's like to be them.
I've had more than 1 person suggest to me that I should never have ended my pregnancy with my son, I should have let "God decide".
there was a whole debate on thebump.com boards the other day about IVF and how people should conceive their kids through love, not medical procedures. The whole thing made one want to smack some people. I wrote about it on my blog.
People with an altogether different agenda hijack these advancements to advance their own view of the world and prop up their own beliefs.
Anything that helps bring home that healthy baby should be welcomed.
[mumbling along with you...]
Oh- yikes. Like subjecting yourself to daily injections, constant monitoring, and the complete turning inside-out of your life isn't conceiving through love? Why the heck else would anyone do it?
Grumbling right along with you...
I completely agree with you. There was a discussion in Dutch parliament recently about the first item you mentioned, especially concerning people who had a certain cancer gene (and family histories of cancer) and wanted to check embryos for that gene. One of the small Christian parties (but one that got a lot of votes at the latest elections from people who want 'values' back and therefore managed to become part of the governing coalition) went completely berserk (with all the arguments we know from the Christian right) over it and it dragged on for a long time. I actually don't know what the final outcome was (have to ask my parents) but there was a pretty big chance that it would be banned, and that's quite unbelievable for a country that has a reputation of being very progressive and tolerant.
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