Monday, October 15, 2007

'Reproductive Rights' or 'Trafficking in Children?'

I'm just going to throw this out here and let you decide - Gay Couple Buys Twin Boys (H/T National Newswatch):

...Dr Steinberg said between 75 to 80 per cent of gay and lesbian couples came to him for treatment decided to choose the sex of their babies - using the controversial IVF procedure and embryo screening known as Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis.

"If they choose gender, about 65 to 70 per cent of male gay couples choose male," he said.

Each gay couple is able to choose a baby to order - taking into account the physical characteristics and education level of egg donors, who are aged between 18 and 27...

4 comments:

Raphael Alexander said...

I don't agree with choosing gender. It's an obvious matter of messing with nature. It is especially offensive when cultural traditions interfere in this, such as Chinese or Islamic, which prefer males to females.

People should be happy with a child, regardless of the sex.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Raphael, I totally agree. It is especially worrisome for people who abort their babies based on gender.

I suppose the embryo screening is a form of abortion too, but at a much earlier stage.

The whole thing seems to reduce children to the level of a commodity rather than human beings.

liberal supporter said...

I didn't realize the method in the article screens embryos, so yes it is a form of abortion.

But take the two issues away. It could be an opposite sex couple. Sex selection is still wrong.

And they could use "sperm sorting", so no fertilized egg is killed for this reason. Sex selection is still wrong.

They had to outlaw sex selection in India; mainly by outlawing streetside ultrasound clinics.

They do screen for severe problems such that it would be unlikely to end up with a birth. That seems reasonable, but there will always be borderline cases.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Sex selection is still wrong.

Agreed. I can't think of any legitimate reason for sex selection.