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Choosing Deafness for your Child

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Choosing Deafness for your Child
For a lesbian couple that is unable to have a child, with just to two of them, in vitro fertilization with use of a sperm donor is an option. When implanting the embryos “a vast majority of people believe that one ought to want a healthy and happy child” (Weijer, Anthony and Brennan. 2013. p.37). However, people have deferring views on what counts as healthy. The couple that I will have discussed in this paper are both deaf and they want only the embryo’s where there is a high chance of the child being deaf to be implanted (Weijer et al. 2013. p.55). Using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis the couple is able to do this (Weijer et al. 2013. p.37). Both arguments, for and against, will be discussed. Choosing for your child to be deaf is wrong.
Deafness as a Disability
A disability is defined as a physical or mental condition that affects a person’s senses or activities (Ontario Human Rights Commission). According to this definition deafness is considered a disability. Deafness causes the person to have the absence of sound. Without being able to hear the person could miss out on many activities. If unable to hear you are missing one of the five senses. Looking at the couple mentioned in the introductory paragraph, who will be referred to as Barb and Ginny from here on, they argued that their child needed to be deaf in order to function in the deaf community in which they live in. Choosing this for their child is limiting them to that community and depriving the child of enjoyments created by the sense of sound. Although deafness is not a matter of life or death, it does restrict a persons opportunities in life (Gannon. 2005. p.106). Jonathan Glover argued in Choosing Children (2006. p.23) that a...

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