10 April 2013
Baby’s First Word: Designer
There was once a time when the term designer was used only in terms of style and fashion. It was a choice between brands such as Gucci, Prada, or Armani and never a choice between disabilities, skin color, or gender. It is sad to say the word designer no longer applies to just materials anymore, it’s reached a new level; genetics. There is nothing ethical about being able to essentially manipulate the genes of a fetus to reflect characteristics deemed suitable by the parents. The characteristics chosen by the parents, such as a medical miracle match of genes to another sibling, set the child up to become what the ...view middle of the document...
They can then chose the traits they want the baby to exhibit and then implant the cells back into the womb to be born. Scientist claim that this process allows for many parents to actively chose the genetic makeup of the child which could be highly beneficial in situations that involve a very ill sibling in need of tissue/organ/stem cell matches. That’s a real positive side, right? One sibling saving the life of the other is what real love is exemplified as. While some may deem that to be true, I believe real love isn’t all about the continued sacrifice of one child for another. Where is the consideration and compassion for the “savior” child who is subjected to all the medical procedures? There was a novel written by Jodi Picoult called My Sister’s Keeper and it was based around the story of this family who had decided to conceive a baby that was a perfect match to help save their eldest daughter who was suffering from leukemia. In the novel, the young “savior” child decided to sue her parents for the right to her own body. The focus in the novel was not the court case for medical emancipation, but rather what the author was trying to portray was that in an effort to save one child some parents and people forget that they may be subjecting the other child to extremes. The savior children were never given any freedom to choose what they want for themselves. What often gets overlooked in situations like My Sister’s Keeper is the sacrifice of the designer baby to help the suffering normal child. So no, there is no real positive in having one child suffer in attempt to save another. From the moment of conception the child is already set up to serve a certain purpose, and the basic freedom to choose their future is denied. Hair color, eye color, skin color, gender and genetic faults or pre-depositions are determined by the parents and nothing is left to chance or the will of the child. Do they have the right to say no to being the blood and organ bank for a sibling or will the sibling love be lorded over them in silent expectation of what they were essentially born to do? Let’s say that the possibility of having a boy or a girl was fifty-fifty, and a coin toss could determine the gender of the child. What would you as a parent chose; a boy or a girl? Traditionally speaking, boys are supposed to carry on the family name and take over the family business someday. Girls are thought to be expensive and eventually need to be married off; a burden. To people that live in modern developed countries like the U.S, these outdated and sexist perspectives seem ridiculous. Yet surprisingly, these outdated and sexist perspectives are still considered and upheld in some countries all over the world. A population census done by the United Nations in 2012 showed that a great deal of countries hold an equal ratio of women to men. Yet the census also showed quite a few countries with shockingly low ratios of women to men. In Qatar, there are roughly 32 women per...