Jenn - posted on 03/24/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )
When an LA based fertility clinic offered parents the choice to choose their child's sex, eye and hair color, public outrage ensued. The service employs the use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis or PGD, in which the cells of an early stage embryo are tested before being implanted in the mothers womb. Doctors then select an embryo with the desired physical traits such as blond hair and blue eyes - to continue the pregnancy, and discard any others. Those in opposition argue that the use of PGD for this service takes attention away from the fact that this technology can also be used to combat inheritable diseases. Also, if it gets to the point where parents are engineering the ideal child, what happens to all the embryo that have undesired trait combination's? The use of PGD for sex selection is currently outlawed in over 35 countries including Canada, Italy and the UK. So what is your opinion on this? Is this practice ethical? Is trait selection an appropriate use for this technological advancement? Would you ever consider such a service? Do you think it is acceptable for clinics to use this technology for cosmetic purposes or are they trying to "play god?"
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