Trying to Prevent Homosexuality in the Womb

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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WOW...what is the world comin to??!!

Bioethicists are accusing a noted American pediatric endocrinologist and researcher of what they claim is the first attempt to prevent homosexuality and bisexuality in the womb in a dispute that has drawn in leading major medical organizations.

The accusations revolve around the experimental prenatal treatment of female fetuses for a condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), which can result in girls being born with ambiguous genitalia.

The pediatrician, Dr. Maria New of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Florida International University, is a longtime champion of the prenatal use of a powerful steroidal medication called dexamethasone to prevent the development of CAH in the womb.

But some medical ethicists accuse New of having a hidden agenda. New has also taken part in research that has linked CAH to sexual orientation, noting that girls with CAH were more likely to be bisexual or homosexual and more likely to be interested in traditionally "masculine" careers and hobbies.

The bioethicists believe New's desire to treat female fetuses with dexamethasone stems from a desire to "prevent" lesbianism or bisexuality and steer girls toward classically defined femininity.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20100807/hl_...

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Jocelyn - posted on 08/09/2010

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Why are they wasting their time trying to "solve" homosexuality when there are thousands of other real diseases/afflictions they could be focusing on??!!
There are some studies out that show how religious someone becomes is based on a few select genes; why not start injecting babies with something to stop religious tendencies? That seems like it would solve a lot more problems for the human race then "curing" gays in utero.
" and steer girls toward classically defined femininity."
classical feminism? my favorite colour is pink, I like to dance. I wash dishes and I am raising two kids. That seems "typically feminine" right? Too bad I'm still bisexual LMAO

Iris - posted on 08/10/2010

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Another thing. Does this mean that they are finally admitting that gay is not a choice but genetic? Interesting (when so many people say it is a choice) how they are able to treat the "choice" in the womb...

Jessica - posted on 08/22/2010

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If a procedure was developed to try and prevent physical deformities, diseases, issues that would contribute to them leading a physically/mentally hindered life then I am all for it. Anything trying to change sex, sexuality, personality and so on I am against. We need to learn to accept people for who they are, whether guy, girl, straight or gay.

Jessica - posted on 08/14/2010

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I'm pretty sure this is the most pathetic thing Ive ever heard over, being gay isn't something to try and fix or heal.. and the people that believe it is are ignorant fools.

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I'm glad that our scientists have so much time on their hands they can run around trying to 'fix' unbroken people by making them heterosexual in the womb. How about they stop trying to change people and allow them to be who they ARE and focus on REAL medical advances and procedures! Idiots!

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Becky - posted on 08/23/2010

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So, I googled CAH and it can cause numerous health problems, including infertility, heart arrythmias, and vomitting leading to dehydration and death. As well as early puberty, ambiguous sex organs, over growth of hair, lack of menstruation, etc.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/...
So, while I'd be wary of an experimental procedure like this, if her only intention is to treat this disorder and prevent the physical and emotional complications that it could lead to, then I have no issue with that.
Remember, she is only being accused of trying to stop homosexuality in the womb, she's not saying that's what she's doing. If she is, then I agree, that's reprehensible. but there's a possibility that her motives are actually only to treat this disorder.

Jenni - posted on 08/14/2010

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I really don't get what these homophobes are so afraid of? I didn't know gays were so detrimental to society. How does Harry being in love with Dick harm me in any way? (sorry i know the article was about lesbians but i couldn't resist) Maybe Maria can't take the 'icky' factor. It's funny how she wants to 'steer' girls toward being more classically feminin when she is a doctor. Would she prefer being a classic housewife providing servitude to her husband? Oh wait, it's more likely the $$$ she'll make off the old, white, male, hate-mongering republicans and the like.

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It doesnt matter to me what my girls turn out to be.A mothers love is unconditional and as for what the world may think..i am building my children up so much it wont matter how much the other people in this world tries to put them down or knock them down for what ever reason..they will be strong enough to remain true to themselves and not allow anyone to make them feel less of a person.
I think this is a disgrace.What has this world come to i ask myself.

Joanna - posted on 08/13/2010

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My husband told me he'd prefer our daughter to be a lesbian, so when she's a teenager we wouldn't have to worry about boys and pregnancy and such, lol.

But really, I think this whole thing is messed up. But I'm glad there are studies going around and people hinting that homosexuality is not a choice but something a person is born with and cannot change. Maybe it'll get people to shut up about that aspect.

Caitlin - posted on 08/12/2010

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Hmmmm.. I like mens things.. I'm not incredibly feminine if I had to say so, I'm a carpenter, but i'm straight.

I took steroids when pregnant (for asthma).. it was that or not breathe, so I chose breathing, because apparently that helps my babies too, but OMG I can't believe they are wasting their time trying to do this..

Valerie - posted on 08/12/2010

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Wow. So flawed from go here - a link between traditionally male vocations and hobbies and lesbianism? Nevermind that Gay is not a disease or a disorder!
Is it me or are these misogynistic assholes just trying to weed out the butch lesbians?

Stifler's - posted on 08/10/2010

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This is absurd. I don't believe this would even work. There's nothing wrong with being gay anyway.

Iris - posted on 08/10/2010

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I agree with Jocelyn. This sounds like the ultimate paranoia. And how come they still can't cure cancer or Aids, but they can make you a Stepford wife, even before you are born? Maybe because the Pharmaceutical Industry doesn't profit from the LGBT? ***reaching for the tinfoil hat***

Julie - posted on 08/09/2010

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Steroids affect EVERYTHING in a body, not just sexuality. No way is this a good idea!

Steroids before birth do have a place--in premature babies to aid in lung development.

I guess I'd have to see the study to even understand what they were going after in the first place. The adrenal glands make steroids. Hyperplastic endocrine organs produce MORE of what they normally produce ... what the heck is adding even more steroids going to do? It doesn't even sound like good medicine to me. I don't get it.

Tania - posted on 08/09/2010

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I didn't read the article it would have just made me angry.
To think that there is even anyone researching this says soooo much about society today. Its scary really.
Why can't we just let nature take its course. What will be will be.

Tara - posted on 08/09/2010

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Kinda sounds a little "brave new worldish" if anyone knows the book by Huxley you'll know what I mean.
It's far too experimental and unethical for my liking. Babies should be free to develop their own sexual orientation without interference from the medical establishment.

Sharon - posted on 08/09/2010

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um damn. Sounds risky.

I wouldn't want any of my kids to be homosexual. right now? Its a hard life and frankly, life is hard enough.

But I'm not so afraid for them that I'd risk someone playing around with their fetal development.

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