Analysis Of Making Better Babies

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Based on the text, the film “Making Better Babies”, and articles I have read related to parents conceiving their child through artificial insemination has a lot to do with the following questions: “Why do I want to bring a child into this world without knowing if he or she will have any abnormalities”?, and “Would I love my child if he or she is born with any type of birth defects”? However, my opinion if government should place limits on the uses of genetic and reproductive sciences, I would have to say no. Although, my belief is that God made all human life, and therefore, life is a gift from God, does not take away women’s right to choose whether they want to have a baby or not. Thus, no child can really be “had”, since the child is not…show more content…
Stern (2012) states that “Multiple pregnancies remain one of the biggest dilemmas facing patients and fertility specialist” (Pp.3). Whereas, according to Simpson (2013) Combining the procreative energy of others “introduces instability, risk, and unpredictability” into the effort to conquer undesirable barrenness, predominantly where “gametes, embryos, and bodies begin to be brought together in novel combinations” (Pp. 1). Another ethical dilemma is the use of another donor sperm instead of the couples own gametes. For example, Simpson (2013) mentioned that Caucasian and non-Muslim health service uses other individuals sperm to attain pregnancy. Thus, bringing turmoil into the relationship. As Clarke 2009:95 as cited in Simpson (2013) states, it is a blessing to have a legitimate child, this child brings connection not only to the family, but to the community as well (Pp. 4). Another potential ethical dilemma is couple getting tested for any disease or illnesses that may pass on to the infant. Leontini (2010) states that predictive testing comes along with some ethical questions. For example, Huntington’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that as of yet cannot be prevented or cured. Individuals with this type of disease lives 15 to 20 years once the illness kicks in, and requires full-time nursing assistance. Therefore, according to Williams et al (1999 as cited in Leontini (2010) said that there is a 50% risk of inheritance if a child is born from an affected parent or gene-positive parent, will develop the illness usually around middle age. Whereas, implicating the entire family, and the relationship of the couples, as well as psychological emotional distress if the either parent tested
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